Happy New Year to all our friends, adopters, volunteers and supporters. Thank you for a very successful year of saving lives and creating families at Pope Memorial Humane Society, in 2018. We couldn't have done it without you! We appreciate all the kindness and generosity we received this holiday season — all the gifts under our Christmas tree for the animals, the checks that came in the mail or delivered in person to support our efforts, holiday cards with updates of the animals you have adopted, and new adopters who opened up their hearts and homes to add a shelter animal to their family.

One of the best gifts we received this holiday season was a home for Amity. Amity ended up at the shelter after surviving a house fire and was nearing her one-year mark looking for a home. Although many were interested in this little firecracker, it took time and patience for the right family to find her. Amity found her forever home just in time for Christmas. Her new family has let us know she is settling in beautifully in her new home, is quite the snuggler and they believe it “was meant to be.”

We are so happy for Amity and her new family! Thank you to everyone out there who helped Amity along the way — volunteer dog walkers who took her for hikes to help socialize her, staff who sat in her kennel with her and donors who sponsored her adoption fee. Amity found her forever home because of an amazing community effort. With your help, we are ready to do it again in 2019, our 30th year of saving lives and creating families, for all the animals that need our help.

If you’d like to help animals like Amity, consider being a PMHS volunteer. Join us from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Jan. 12, for the first volunteer orientation of the new year in the PMHS Community Room. You’ll learn all about the volunteer opportunities at the shelter. Questions about what it's like to volunteer? Contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Kelly Gould, at: 594-2200 or volunteers@hskcme.org.

Don’t forget to license your dog at your town office by Thursday, Jan. 31. You’ll need to show proof of rabies vaccination. Need a rabies vaccination? Join us Saturday, Jan. 12 from noon to 2 p.m. in the community room for a low cost rabies and microchipping clinic for dogs and cats. Rabies vaccines will be $10, with all proceeds benefiting the shelter.

Also, we will be offering microchipping for all animals for the low, low price of just $10. Are you a resident of one of the towns we serve and own a cat? Thanks to a grant, we have a special deal for you. You can get your cat chipped for free. All animals must be secured in a carrier or on a leash. Thank you to Dr. Mimi Moore of All Creatures Veterinary Hospital for volunteering her time to administer the vaccines.

Happy New Year from all of us at Pope Memorial Humane Society.

Wish list: stamps, toilet paper, trash bags (13gal & 33gal.), 6” paper plates, and gift certificates to Walmart, Staples or other local businesses.