Last Sunday’s “P.A.W.S. on Parade” was a huge success! An equally huge thank you to everyone who helped us raise more than $3,800 to help take care for all the shelter’s temporary residents. All the four-footers enjoyed doggie ice cream sundaes, courtesy of Loyal Biscuit, and their escorts and attendants enjoyed hot dogs and popcorn. If you missed the walk this year, make sure you mark your calendar to participate in next year’s. Pictures of this year’s walk are posted on our Facebook page.

Marti Stone was at the walk taking photos of dogs. If you and your four-legged friend took part, visit Marti’s website at and see if you can find yours. You’ll be able to buy a photo of your dog; there’s information on the site.

Our Brutus, a very personable and engaging pit bull, walked the Walk and had a fabulous time getting to know all the other dogs and letting them know how happy he is. Brutus is around two or three years old and a simply wonderful, exuberant creature who loves everyone — actually, we’re not sure where cats register on his love-a-stat — and isn’t the least bit shy about letting you know. He would adore a home with an active family who will take him on nice long walks and, even better, hikes.

Tazzy is a gorgeous 8-year-old cat with beautiful coloring and a very calm and soothing demeanor. This sweet girl is very affectionate and dreams of having an owner she can hang out with. Many of our middle-aged cats have come from homes and already know how to be great house cats. We would love to see all of them find homes again for the second part of their lives. They are way past the mischievous stage and they make fabulous companions.

On our wish list: non-clumping cat litter, canned dog and cat food and paper towels. And big thanks to all of you who respond so generously to our needs. You are helping to make a great difference in the lives of many homeless or abandoned cats and dogs, and they thank you too.

We always talk about our wonderful dogs and cats, but you can’t really know the truth of that unless you stop in and see for yourselves. If you’re not ready for the full-time responsibility of looking after a four-legged friend, spend some time walking a dog or brushing a cat or playing with a roomful of irrepressible kittens. It will make our residents very happy and bring you the great joy that only time spent with loving creatures can bring.

So stop in and see us and all our beautiful beasts 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.