Some of the pets we care for at P.A.W.S. get adopted in the blink of an eye, while others seem to wait forever. We don't always understand it — and neither do the pets!

Take Skye, for example. This jet-black beauty has been at P.A.W.S. for months now, yet she is one of the sweetest kitties in her room. From the moment she arrived at P.A.W.S., along with her sister and a bunch of kittens that they'd been raising together, we knew Skye was special. She seemed comfortable around other cats, excelled as a (step) mom to the kittens, and clearly enjoyed the attention of people, even while she was nursing. She now lives in one of our communal cat rooms, and although not always the first to ask for attention, she watches you in the hope that you will come to her. Skye so deserves a real home, and yet time and again, she's overlooked. Is it because she's black? Experience has taught us that some folks, for reasons of superstition, perhaps, seem to shy away from all-black cats and dogs. But we really hope someone will come along soon and appreciate this girl for the sweetheart she truly is.

Another super pet whose color seems to work against him is our year-old Lab mix, Jackson. Still adorably puppylike, Jackson gets excited every time he gets to leave his kennel and go for a walk. But who can blame him? A pup like him, cooped up for most of the day, is like a toddler who wants to get out of bed but is made to stay in it. And really, Jackson is so handsome, so smart, and so eager to please. Our volunteer trainer told us she has never worked with a dog who does such a great job of keeping his eyes on her at all times, waiting for her commands. If you have a young, active family and are looking for a dog that's bursting with potential, Jackson may well be your dog. Come fetch!

You can learn more about Skye, Jackson, and other wonderful pets waiting for their forever homes at our website, And if you haven't already done so, please become a follower of our Facebook page, also chock full of news about adoptable pets, upcoming events, pets both lost and found in our area, and ways to help our organization, even if you're not in a position to adopt. Visit us at 123 John St. in Camden, or all us at 236-8702 anytime you have a question, concern, or want to report a missing animal. We're open Tuesdays through Saturdays, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.