P.A.W.S. Shop for the Cause, a fundraiser to benefit P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption, will be held all day Saturday. Sept. 21. A portion of participating Camden and Rockport merchants' sales for the day will be donated to P.A.W.S.

Animal lovers and pet owners, shelter supporters, local residents, and visitors are encouraged to participate and support this worthwhile cause.

On the day of the event, volunteers at the P.A.W.S. booth on the Camden Village Green will distribute validation cards listing the participating merchants. Shoppers who visit the required number of businesses and have their cards validated will be entered into a drawing for a $50 gift certificate from the participating business of their choice.

“I am so happy that we have so many merchants in the Camden-Rockport area who have agreed to take part in the event and generously donate a portion of their sales to our nonprofit shelter. The support of community members and businesses is vitally important to P.A.W.S., and I thank everyone is participating — either as a participating business or a shopper. Last year's event, which was our first, raised $3,500 — funds used to provide shelter, food, and medical attention for animals that need a helping 'paw' and lots of love,” said event chairperson Georganne Bendall in a news release.

Applications are still being accepted, and interested businesses are asked to contact P.A.W.S. at 236-8702.