Even with the hustle and bustle of the holiday season; with holiday shopping, holiday parties and winter weather, we still managed to have a very busy 22 dogs and four rabbits. That’s an average of three animals admitted every day we were open.

Of course, we’re happy to do it, that’s what we are here for. To provide a safe haven and second chances to animals in need. But that’s only half the story. The other half, the happy ending half, is that 96 animals found loving homes to share with their new families. Sixty-six cats are lounging on couches and beds or stretched out in front of a wood stove. Twenty-four dogs are romping around their new backyard in the snow or savoring their new bone or chew toy. And four rabbits and two gerbils are munching on fresh veggies or chewing up toilet paper rolls for fun in their new homes.

Plus, 10 lost animals were reunited with their frantic owners, happy to have them back home safe and sound. We’re so fortunate to have a community that is willing to open their homes and hearts to shelter animals. Saving lives and creating families, that’s what we are able to do, day in and day out, thanks to your support.

We’re doing it for pet pick of the week Sheila, a petite sweetheart of a cat. When you first see Sheila, you’ll probably say what a cute kitten. And while she is adorable, with her round little head, itty-bitty black nose and her big golden eyes, she is actually a full-grown adult cat. She is just tiny and oh, so sweet. She’s stolen the hearts of many staff and volunteers here at the shelter. Sheila came to us as a stray. Unfortunately, she became ill shortly after arriving, so has been convalescing for a while. Now that she is healthy, happy and spayed, she is ready to find a family. If you are ready for a pint-sized pet to fill your heart and home with love, come meet Sheila.

Maybe you’re looking for some bunny to love. We recently received three rabbits that were seized in a hoarding situation by the state. Two are Flemish Giants and one is a brown-and-white Dutch rabbit. Despite their unfortunate past, they are sweet, beautiful rabbits who deserve a chance at a normal life. In addition to our new arrivals, our small critter room is now full, with rabbits Lydia, Beulah and Flack and our two gerbils. If you can’t adopt but want to help, we could use donations of Timothy hay, fresh vegetables (carrots, Brussels sprouts, celery, spinach, Romaine lettuce) and rabbit and gerbil treats to make their stay more comfortable and pleasant. For more information, call the shelter at 594-2200, visit popehumane.org or stop by. Thank you.

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