Happy New Year! Did you make some New Year resolutions? Maybe we can help. Was your resolution to be more active or enjoy the great outdoors more? Or, maybe you resolved to make a difference.

Consider joining our team of volunteers who are instrumental in helping us care for over a thousand animals a year. Learn how at our next volunteer orientation on Saturday, Jan. 6, from 11 a.m. to noon.

You can also make a difference by adopting one (or two) of the 100-plus animals at the shelter. You will certainly make a world of difference to them. How about one of our pet picks, Little Man, Rebecca or Sophie?

Little Man is an adorable 6-year-old chug (chihuahua and pug). Unfortunately, his owner passed away and he is now looking for a new home. Little Man is a happy, pint-sized pooch whose easy-going nature makes him a perfect companion. He is fine with other dogs, cats and even respectful children — just as long they don't pester him. He also loves to go on walks, though he'll have to don a warm jacket during this bitter cold weather. He is just as happy to be lazy and cuddle on your lap, too. Stop in and meet Little Man; he may be just what you need.

Rebecca came to the shelter as a young mother at just a year old. Her kittens have been adopted and now it's her turn to find a happily ever after. She has lived as an inside/outside cat but can be trained to enjoy an indoor life style. She is fine with other cats and will tolerate a well-behaved dog. Her torbie markings — part tabby, part tortie (tortoise shell) — make Rebecca a real beauty. She's very affectionate, likes to be petted and has a soothing, loud purr. She'd be happy to be your constant companion.

There are plenty of wonderful pets hoping 2018 is their year to find their perfect home.

Join us on Sunday, Jan. 7, for the first installment of our Winter Talk Series: Leaving a Legacy with guest speaker Ken Gardiner, financial adviser at Edward Jones, from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Shelter Community Room.

Looking to leave a lasting legacy to the causes that are near and dear to your heart, but don't know where to start? Knowing the best way to give back to your favorite organizations can be confusing. Join us as financial planner Ken Gardiner shares the financial tools/instruments available in the planned giving process, the tax benefits of giving stock, and answers any questions you may have.

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