Our pet picks of the week are Ginger and Faustine. Ginger is an 8-year old Spitz mix. This pint-sized pooch is a sweet little dynamo. She loves time in the play yard, running and jumping as if she is competing in an agility course. While she is active, she does also settle down well and will give you plenty of snuggle time. Ginger likes to spend time with her shelter "bunkmate," Buzz, a tri-colored 2-year-old Jack Russell terrier mix. With proper introduction, she may enjoy a fellow dog in the home. This cutie is sure to go fast, so if you're interested, come meet Ginger and see if she is the dog for you!

Faustine is a petite black-and-white domestic medium-haired cat, around 3 years old. She came in with her litter of kittens. Now that she is done caring for her kittens, she would like to be doted on herself. At first a little shy, Faustine relaxes with familiarity and craves attention. She will make a wonderful, loving, attentive companion for a very special family.

Have you registered yet for our Whisker Walk Family Fun Day and 5K? It's just around the corner on Sept. 17 at Harbor Park in Rockland. Walk/Run with or without a dog or in memory of a beloved pet. Register now and start helping us save more lives by collecting pledges from friends, families and coworkers. The money raised is vital in providing food, shelter and medical care to the 1,200-plus animals that come through our doors each year.

Come join in all the fun: demonstrations, try your luck agility course, vendors, rescues, face-painting, kids' activities, Doggy Day Spa, food, baked goods, Bill's famous fries, live music from Echo Entertainment & Ryan Tyler, and much more.

Can't make it, but want to help? You can be a catnapper by supporting the care of homeless animals from the comfort of your own couch. Or sponsor one of the shelter staff in their fundraising efforts to save more lives. Thank you to our Best in Show sponsor, First National Bank, and to all our business community whisker walk sponsors. For a complete list of sponsors and to learn more about the event, visit hskcme.org.

Wish list: Canned dog food, canned cat food, paper towels, large black garbage bags. Gift certificates to Wal-Mart, Staples, Amazon and other local businesses are also a great help. Thanks for your support.