Ho Ho Home. That's our holiday wish for all the animals at the shelter — to be adopted into a loving home this holiday season. Now through December during our Whisker Wonderland promotion, we are reducing the adoption fee on all adult dogs and cats. Adult dogs can now be adopted for $100 and cats for just $25. And, for 12 special animals who have been at the shelter for far too long, we have our annual Twelve Strays of Christmas celebration.

To help these four special dogs and eight fabulous felines get the best possible gift for Christmas — a home — we are waiving their adoption fee. Give the gift of love and a happily-ever-after to Bosley, Brutus, Bashful, Stacy, Tai Pei, Otis, Kibosh, Caesar, Patchwork, Hootie, Horton and Toy Boy and to all the animals at the shelter. Learn more about these wonderful animals at the shelter and on our website, hskcme.org.

Our pet pick of the week is Tai Pei, one of our 12 Strays of Christmas. This sweet, senior female feline has the distinction of being the longest-reigning resident at the shelter, having come in as a stray from Owls Head in July of 2013. Tai Pei's quiet and unassuming nature has made many would-be adopters pass her by for her more gregarious shelter-mates. If you have a window with a view where the sun shines through, Tai Pei would be content to sit in a sun beam and get a loving pat.

Hannaford in Rockland is once again offering Holiday Pet Bags specially packaged with much-needed items from our wish list; dog and cat food, paper towels and cleaning supplies. These bags, priced at $10, have been instrumental in putting food in the bowls of our animals and providing other necessities to help us help them. Next time you're in Hannaford, please consider purchasing a holiday pet bag. We appreciate your support.

You can help raise money for the shelter when you shop! Of course, we always recommend that you shop locally when you can, as our community is what makes us strong, but if you find yourself shopping at Amazon, please consider using Amazon Smile and they will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization, Pope Memorial Humane Society. Simply go to smile.amazon.comĀ and choose us as the organization you'd like to support. If you'd like to get something for the animals at the shelter while you're online, you can find our Amazon wish list here humanesocietyofknoxcounty.org/donate/wish-list/. Thank you for your support.

Looking to get your dog or cat "fixed"? We host a monthly (free) transport to the low-cost Community Spay/Neuter Clinic in Topsham scheduled the first Tuesday of each month. The next transport is Tuesday, Jan. 5. To make an appointment, call the clinic at 721-8395.

Wish list: Canned cat food (poultry pate preferred), large black garbage bags, peanut butter, dog and cat toys, catnip, 6-inch paper plates, paper towels, stamps, latex gloves, gift certificates to Walmart, Staples, Amazon and other local businesses. Thanks for your support.