Our pet pick of the week is Snow, a very striking black-and-white pinto patterned, 4-year-old male Akita. Snow came in with a fellow Akita buddy who has since been adopted, so we know he gets along with some dogs.

He is big and bearlike and has an independent streak balanced with a sweet, low-key personality. He does have a penchant for chasing skunks and porcupines, which got him into trouble on more than one occasion, so letting him off leash is not a good idea. He enjoys a nice long walk on a lead and exercise time in the dog runs. Snow enjoys affection on his terms. While he is reserved around strangers, Snow will warm to his new family and be loyal and affectionate. Snow will thrive in a dog-savvy home with plenty of love, exercise, and consistent boundaries.

We have dozens of dogs and three times as many cats, along with a menagerie of other small animals waiting to join someone's family and fill their homes with lots of love. If you are looking for a new best friend, we hope you will consider the shelter as a place to find a wonderful, lovable, loving new companion.

Thanksgiving is just weeks away, which means so is the 37th annual Festival of Lights Craft Show benefitting the animals at the shelter. Join us Saturday, Nov. 26, at the Elks Lodge in Rockland. It's one of the biggest local holiday arts and crafts events in the Midcoast.  We have dozens of great crafters lined up offering a wide range of handcrafted items for everyone on your gift list. The entrance fee is just $2 (to help us help the animals), but check our ad in the papers for a $1 off coupon. We are also looking for volunteers to help the day of the event and donations of baked items for our bake sale. We hope you'll join us. For more information, contact Anna at events@hskcme.org or 691-4930.

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