As we get ready for the holiday season, we’re thinking about some of the pets at P.A.W.S. that have been here for quite some time.

Wouldn’t it be grand if they could go home for the holidays? Our sweet Venus is a beautiful chocolate Lab who wants so much to be with a family. She’s an active young lady who needs a home without other pets, a home we know is out there somewhere. This lovely girl adores going on long walks, and since we are now lucky enough to have a meet and greet room in our new facility, we’ve discovered she also loves to snuggle on the couch. Volunteers have been coming in to take dogs to this homey room, which is equipped with a couch, a coffee table, books, dog treats and toys and gives both human and dog the feeling of being in a real home. It didn’t take Venus long to discover the couch and fall asleep in the arms of one of our volunteers. She’d love nothing more than to do this every day, in a real home, with her own family. Look at this wonderful, sweet girl, come meet her at P.A.W.S., take her for a walk or hang out in our meet and greet room—but be ready to fall in love!

Annabell is another pet at P.A.W.S. who would love to be in a home for the holidays. Annabell is a calico cat, and her striking colors are white, orange and black. People who know calico cats know that they have great personalities, and that sometimes their personality is so big they can’t deal with another cat in their presence. Annabell is no different. She absolutely adores people, but other cats make her nervous. She doesn’t get grumpy and difficult, but she will hide, so being in a community cat room at a shelter is no fun. She’s hoping to spend the holidays napping on your couch, sleeping under the tree and not having to deal with other cats. And according to her former owners she is fine with dogs.

As much as we love this season, for staff at P.A.W.S. there is no such a thing as a holiday at home. The animals at P.A.W.S. still need to take their morning walks, eat and get their meds and, of course, get a whole lot of loving. We gladly do this for “our” animals. We don’t ask for much, but if you want to show your appreciation for the staff members by giving a gift, we would love nothing more than something from our wish list. Bleach, dish detergent, laundry detergent, tall kitchen bags and window cleaner are just a few things on that list. We also love gift cards. Dollar Tree, Wal-Mart, Hannaford and Reny’s are just a few of the stores where we buy supplies, and your gift card makes it possible to buy just what we need just when we need it.

This is the season of love. Please take a few minutes to think about the many creatures who need your love and care, and then stop by the shelter and look for just the right one. We’re located at 123 John St. in Camden, and we’re open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Our phone number is 236-8702 and our website at is always open. And thank you, as always, for your caring and support.