Sweet little Noelle is still a baby. We think she’s around 9 months old, and just like a human baby, she has a lot to learn. When she arrived at PAWS she wasn’t completely housebroken, and in a shelter environment it’s not easy to train a dog, but she’s already doing much better and having fewer accidents in her kennel. This pretty Rottweiler mix walks well on a leash, and she absolutely loves people and other dogs. She has become a favorite with staff, volunteers and visitors for giving you “the look” while she’s in her kennel. We’d love to send her home for the holidays, so if you’re looking for the best Christmas gift ever, Noelle is the one. She already has the name for it!

Speaking of holidays, we’d love to introduce you to Joy, who came to the shelter as a stray. The people who brought her in told us she’d been around for at least four months, so we think she was having a pretty rough outdoors on her own, as she was very thin and had lots of fleas. She’d doing very well here — she’s gained weight and her fur is starting to shine a good thing. Although this beautiful girl needs a home with no other cats (they make her grumpy), she is a pure joy to be around. She loves everyone she meets and is very playful, and she will make your holiday a complete joy.

The gift pile under our Wish Tree is starting to grow, as so many kind people have come by the shelter, picked out an ornament and returned with a gift, including canned cat food, dry food, treats and toys. We’re still missing a few things like cleaning supplies. Bleach is something we need every day, and so are large trash bags and laundry detergent. We have mountains of dishes to wash on a daily basis and we tend to run out of dish soap pretty quick. Do you want to share in our holiday Wish Tree? There are plenty of ornaments left, and some of our residents haven’t received a gift, so don’t wait. And if you can’t stop by in person but still want to help, go to our website pawsadoption.org and make a donation or send in your check, money order or gift card in the mail.

Joy and Noelle and all of our fabulous creatures would like you to 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 pawsadoption.org is always open. We are proud to be a part of this community, and we are thankful, as always, for your caring and support.