Sweet Ian was wandering the streets of Camden when he finally decided he’d had enough, so he picked out a house, complete with a nice cat lady, to be his new home. Unfortunately, this nice lady already had many kitty mouths to feed, so the option was to send Ian away or bring him to PAWS.

We’re glad she chose the second, so Ian ended up with us. We don’t have background on stray cats, and Ian is no exception, but we quickly found out that this guy is a charmer. Most cats that arrive at the center are a little bit nervous the first few days. But Ian looked around him, tasted some of the yummy cat food and decided that this place was actually not bad compared to living outside.

He loves to play with toys and he likes to take naps on soft blankies, but most of all he loves attention, and a nice scratch under his chin will really set that motor going. This charming fellow would love to find a home where he does not have to share with as many kitties as there are at the shelter, but he’s perfectly OK sharing with a few. Can Ian celebrate the holidays in a real home this year? You hold the key.

And our adorable Duke is still waiting for a home! When this gorgeous guy came to PAWS a few months ago, we were convinced he’d be scooped up in no time – -and he almost was! In his foster home Duke was able to be himself, and it turned out that he might do better in a home with no or older children. He’s just turned 1 year old and is basically still a puppy who has a lot to learn, such as: A person is not something to jump on; a leash is to walk on; and going for a walk is not acrobatics.

We’re sure Duke will do great with a little bit of training, something that we don’t always have time for at the shelter. Just like all the other cats and dogs at PAWS, Duke would love to spend his holidays in a home. He doesn’t ask for much, maybe a nice chew toy under the tree and an active family who takes him on nice walks. We know the answer is out there.

Our Wish Tree in the lobby at PAWS is decorated with ornaments bearing the faces of all of our adoptable animals. If you’d like to buy a gift for your favorite dog or cat, we hope you’ll stop by and pick out an ornament, take it home and read what it says on the back side. Our darlings don’t ask for much, and every dog and cat wrote only one wish on their picture ornament, something as simple as cat treats, laundry detergent or kitty litter.

And when you put your gift under the Wish Tree, we’ll replace the picture with a thank you card that has your name on it. If you don’t plan on making two trips to the shelter, check out the wish list on our website. We and the pets really appreciate it. We can’t wait to see you at the shelter as a visitor, a volunteer or an adopter before the holidays, and we thank you for your ongoing support!

It’s the giving season. Give one of our sweet creatures a home and add a little love to your life. We have just the one you’re looking for. 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 pawsadoption.org is always open. And thank you, as always, for your caring and support.