As much as we hope that each pet adopted from P.A.W.S. will find a permanent home, it doesn't always work out that way. For a variety of reasons, pets sometimes return to the shelter — once, twice, even three times — and we are always here to give them love and another chance at finding the "fur-ever" home they deserve.

Duke is one of those "returned" dogs. The people who adopted him are moving to a place where they can't take a big, energetic boy like him, and they were unable to find another home that would fit his needs. Duke originally came to P.A.W.S. as a stray, so all we knew about him was that he was young and needed work on his manners. This time around, having spoken with his adopters, we know a lot more, particularly about how he behaves in a home setting. We've learned that Duke loves to be outdoors, so he probably will do best in a home with a fenced yard. He loves to be with people, but when strangers come to the house, he will let them know they are on his turf, and he intends to protect the ones he holds dear. Once he knows you're OK, he will quickly become your friend. Duke has learned basic commands like "sit," "stay," and "stop," but he's an energetic, sometimes clumsy fellow who would benefit from additional training and perhaps a home with no small children. However, if you're an active person who's looking for a gung-ho buddy, Duke would be an excellent choice.

Beautiful Cali is another recent returnee; her adopter turned out to be highly allergic to cats. Again, though, the owner has given us valuable information, which we will gladly share with her new owner, about how she behaves in a home environment. Cali is what is called a "dilute calico" (hence the name Cali). She's a sweet girl that does need a little time to adjust to new surroundings. At first, she'll find herself a nice spot where she can hide and observe the goings-on around her, but once she knows everything is alright, she'll follow you around like a puppy. They say the third time is a charm, and for this pretty girl, we hope that will be true.

In other shelter news, please note that on Saturday, July 9, beginning at 10 a.m., P.A.W.S. will offer another free educational event in the community room at 123 John St. in Camden. Don't miss this unique opportunity to see a demonstration of the work of police dogs, presented by Deputy Jocelyn and K-9s Gunner and Brady. We hope to see you there!

For more information about P.A.W.S. events or anything else you want to know about us, remember to check out It's open 24/7 — as is, by the way, our lobby, where you can drop off donations. (Hint: we're short on cat litter, bleach, and canned cat food!) Questions? Please do not hesitate to call us; our number is 236-8702.