Darling Daisy is a 7-month-old basset hound/terrier mix. She’s a big girl, but she is still a puppy, and she needs a home where she can run around and be a puppy for a while yet. She is very playful and would love to be adopted by an active family.

Pepper, an 8-year-old Lab mix, is looking for a laid-back home and an owner who will take him on lots of short walks. His absolute favorite way to pass time is to hang out and be around people.

Unlike so many other good things, kitten season never really comes to an end, and our kitten room is chock-full of playful kittens waiting to go home with someone. Our kittens come in all shapes, sizes, colors, attitudes and toe-counts, so there’s sure to be one here for you. Stop by and see if you can recognize your new Best Friend Forever.

Jim Sterba discusses Nature Wars

Jim Sterba, author of Nature Wars, will discuss his critically acclaimed book at 4 p.m. Saturday, July, 19, at the new P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center at 123 John St. in Camden.

Sterba has been featured on “CBS Sunday Morning,” “ NPR—Diane Rehm”, “Maine Audubon TV” and many other national television and radio programs. The New York Review of Books describes Nature Wars as “an extensive history of resolute and sometimes blatantly hostile real-estate invasion by beavers, Canada geese, wild turkeys and white-tailed deer, all of which were once assumed to be picturesque and even lovable denizens of the dark and safely remote forest.”

Books can be bought in advance at The Owl and Turtle bookstore on Bay View Street in Camden and at the event. Following his talk, Sterba will be available to sign books. A $20 donation will be requested at the door the day of the event, or $15 in advance at the P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center office on Camden Street in Rockport or online.

On our wish list: canned cat food and dog and cat toys. Thank you for your never-failing generosity.

Don’t you ever wish you could take every single dog and cat at the shelter home with you? You’re not alone, either in the wish or the improbability. But you can make a real difference in the lives of all those dear creatures who want nothing more than to love and be loved in return. Walk a dog, stop by and play with the kittens or just sit with an older cat, donate at least one item on our wish list every other week, help at the desk — there are so many ways to say “I have the animal gene and I’m proud of it.” And don’t forget that just saying it isn’t enough. The pleasure lies in the doing, and there’s plenty here for everyone to do. So come by the shelter at 146 Camden St. from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Our phone number is 236-8702, and pawsadoption.org is never closed! And thank you, as always, for your caring and support.