Our pet pick of the week is Angel, a very sweet, 8-and-a-half-year-old Shih Tzu mix. Sadly, she was used as a breeder dog, but lucky for her, those days are behind her and she's looking for a home where she can finally take center stage and be doted on. Her vision is somewhat impaired due to an old infection in her eyes that had not been properly treated but she doesn't seem to notice. We recommend a quieter home for her. If you are interested, stop by and meet Angel.

Don't forget to take a little extra care to keep your pets safe this Fourth of July. Many pets panic and run when exposed to the loud booms of fireworks. It may be tempting to bring your dog to join in the fun but leave him at home. Everyone will enjoy the evening much more, especially your dog. To keep your pets safe, we recommend you keep them inside the house, preferably in a quiet room without windows, with a fan or radio on to muffle the sounds of the fireworks, either city sponsored or your neighbors own personal firework display. Also, make sure your pet is wearing an I.D. tag with current information. That's the quickest ticket home for a lost pet. If you need a tag, we can engrave one at the shelter for just $7. Have a safe and fun holiday.

Does your picture-perfect pet like to ham it up for the camera? If so, now is your chance to get them in our 2015 wall calendar. Each year, the Pope Memorial Humane Society proudly presents a colorful, full-sized 12-month wall calendar celebrating our beloved pets. All proceeds from the submission fees and sale of these beautiful calendars support the shelter’s vital programs and services. Submit your pets photo! We have Glamour Shots (full sized photo for entire month) or Tailwaggers (month date space) available. You will automatically receive a free 2015 calendar. We also have advertising opportunities available. Deadline is Aug. 1. Hurry, time and spaces are running out. Pick up a submission form at the shelter or online at www.hskcme.org. Questions? Contact calendar@hskcme.org

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: Canned cat and dog food, KMR (kitten milk replacement), large garbage bags, Swiffer pads, stamps.