Here’s everything you ever wanted to know about litter boxes — and more: The PAWS shelter uses 40 litter boxes to keep their crew happy and healthy. That’s a lot’o'litter, far more than the 14 boxes maintained by an acquaintance of ours with six cats. The shelter also uses non-clumping litter (and gobs of it!) because it’s less expensive than the clumping kind and also because kittens will eat anything, and clumping litter will turn into a sticky, clay-like substance in their little tummies and that is not a good thing.

Managing litter is just one of the many ways the people at PAWS look after the creatures they care for and make the best use of donations from generous friends like you.

Oreo is one of our Top Cats this week. This laid-back gentleman — and look into those wise eyes to see how very cool he is — recently had his teeth cleaned and is now the proud possessor of a full set of pearly whites. Oreo is a very social cat and his ambition in life is to live in someone’s lap. He loves to be petted and brushed and gets along just fine with his roommates.

Our Cassie is a 6-1/2-year-old black Lab with a super-sweet disposition and a very obvious sense of fun. Don’t let her sleep on the bed — she’s an accomplished blanket hog and will leave you out of the bed and in the cold. This pretty thing tolerates almost anything: she has lived with children, other dogs, cats and chickens. And she loves car rides, long walks and playtime with her toys and her two-legged friends.

We’re sure you’re all geared up for our sixth annual “Paws on Parade” on Sunday, June 23. Registration starts at noon and the walk at 12:30 p.m. The walk will begin at the Jean H. Kislak Dog Park next to the shelter and take in downtown Camden and back, where you and your four-legged friend can enjoy free hot dogs and drinks. You’ll also be able to buy dog Frisbees, dog treat bags and other goodies to munch on. Prizes, donated by our kind two-legged friends, will go to the dogs with the longest tail, the biggest and smallest dogs and the dog with the longest ears, as well as to the person who raises the most in pledges and the “pack” that raises the most. For a pledge sheet, stop into P.A.W.S. or visit And don’t forget you don’t need to have a dog to walk.

On our wish list: non-clumping litter (see above) and ALWAYS dry cat food, canned cat and dog food, paper towels, paper plates, dog treats and dog toys. You can leave these items in our foyer anytime. We truly appreciate all of the donations we receive.

Please stop in and see us and all our luverly lassies and lads at 146 Camden St. in Rockport. We’re open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, our phone number is 236-8702 and is never closed! And thank you, as always, for your caring and support.