Our pet pick of the week is J.D., a senior mixed-breed, probably in the neighborhood of 9 years old. J.D. is short for “Junkyard Dog.” And, although we don’t know that he was actually a junkyard dog, since he was found as a stray, we can tell he’s been around the block more than a few times and been through quite a lot.

You can see it in the scars that are like a road map across his body, with lumps and bumps and patches of missing fur. You can see it in his soulful brown eyes, he has stories he could tell. He may not be the handsomest dog, but he certainly is beautiful. The one story he has yet to tell is the one where he is adopted into a loving family who will put him front and center, and give him a home to grow older in surrounded by love and comfort with some games of fetch with his favorite tennis balls for good measure. Thanks to our Molly Senior Medical Fund, and to all who have contributed to it, J.D. will get the medical care he needs so he is ready when the right family comes in and says Tthat’s the dog for us.” If you’d like to know more about J.D. or our Molly Senior Fund, stop by or call the shelter at 594-2200.

Did you know that your dog must be licensed with your town office by Thursday, Jan. 31? You’ll have to show proof of rabies vaccination. Is your pet due for a rabies vaccination? We can help. Join us Saturday, Jan. 12, from noon to  2 pm in the community room for a low-cost rabies and microchipping clinic for dogs and cats. No appointment necessary. Rabies vaccines will be $10 (cash only), with all proceeds benefiting the shelter.

We will also be offering microchipping for all animals for just $10 (regularly $25). 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! Microchips are a great safety should your pet become lost and end up in the shelter or a veterinarian’s office. 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.

Wish list: Stamps, toilet paper, trash bags (13- and 33-gallon.), 6-inch paper plates, and gift certificates to Walmart, Staples or other local businesses.