Our pet picks of the week are Skeeter and Lucy, two of the sweetest ferrets you will ever meet. This terrific twosome is very affectionate and playful. They enjoy interaction and like to be held. They also love to give kisses. Although many people think ferrets are rodents, they are actually part of a family that includes weasels, minks and otters. Not to worry, the scent producing glands of ferrets are routinely removed (Skeeter and Lucy are de-scented and fixed), leaving only a slightly musky smell to these small mammals. Ferrets live an average of 8 to 10 years and can live upward of 12 years. Like cats, ferrets sleep a large part of the day, around 18 hours, but adapt to the schedule of the available attention of their owners upon which they thrive. As with all ferrets, Skeeter and Lucy require regular, supervised exercise outside of their cages. Inquisitive by nature, you need to ferret-proof your home to keep them safe. They can be quite mischievous and you'll be entertained by their amusing antics. Ferrets are very intelligent and can and should be trained to use a litter box. If you think you can make the time and commitment to the care of this dynamic ferret duo, stop by and meet them. You’ll be rewarded with loving, entertaining companions.

Saturday, May 17 is our annual Clean Up and Cook Out. We need help sprucing up the place with a new coat of paint, weeding the garden, grooming the dog trails and the like. We'll start at 10 a.m., work up an appetite and then around noon we will feed you a grilled lunch in appreciation of your hard work. Many hands make light work and it’s sure to be fun. Our annual meeting will be held at 1 p.m. following lunch.

Save the Date: Join us for dinner Saturday, May 24, at 5 p.m. the Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Rockland will be hosting a public supper to benefit the animal shelter. Everyone is welcome. Adults $7.50, kids $5. One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to help the animals.

Visit us at 17 Buttermilk Lane off Route 1 in Thomaston. We are open daily from 11 a.m to 5 p.m, closed on Sundays.

Wish list: large, black garbage bags, canned cat food, rabbit food, 6-inch paper plates, Swiffer cleaning pads.