Last week, we took several stray pets into our care, and we’re happy to say that some of them are already available for adoption.

To take him home today or wait until tomorrow? That can be the only question where our kitty Hamlet is concerned. Hamlet was found by someone who fell heads over heels in love with him but could not give him a permanent home. So after making sure no one was looking for him, she brought him to us, knowing he would get the best care. Our vet gave him a complete tune-up: vaccinations, flea and worm treatment, an embedded microchip (just in case he gets lost again!), and last but not least, neutering. Now, this super-handsome, super-friendly prince among cats is ready to steal your heart.

Cabella has been with us for a while now. She is a great girl, and although she has been diagnosed with hypothyroidism and is now on medication, there is nothing really wrong with her. Because her thyroid problem had gone untreated, she was very overweight when she arrived, but with the help of medication, we’re proud to report that she has already lost 20 pounds. So why is a pretty girl like her still here? The answer is kennel behavior. Cabella tends to bark and growl at anyone who walks by her kennel, which, not surprisingly, discourages potential adopters, But with shelter animals, what you see is not always what you get; and with Cabella, what you get, if you take her out and get to know her, is a happy, friendly girl. When you’re visiting the shelter in search of a four-legged friend, please make sure you give dogs like Cabella a chance.

Speaking of strays, have you ever considered what would happen if your dog or cat went A.W.O.L.? How would you find your buddy if he or she were to wind up in a shelter? Microchipping can be the key to reuniting lost pets with their owners and can even save a pet’s life. That's why we microchip every dog and cat we offer for adoption. Plus, we’ll microchip any pet you already have, right here at P.A.W.S., for only $25. All we ask is that you call first (236-8702) and let us know you’re coming. We are located at 123 John St. in Camden.

And meanwhile, remember to check our website, pawsadoption.org, for information about all of our adoptable pets. The only thing you stand to lose is your heart.