First off, this week, I would like to send a thank you to Shepard Auto and Shepard Storage. The Shepard team hosted their month-long “Stuff the Trunk” event and the drive-thru Trunk or Treat to benefit Pope Memorial Humane Society. They collected a literal truckload of donations for the animals of PMHS, and we cannot thank them enough. Thank you to the entire Shepard team for your dedication to homeless pets in need. Your kindness and generosity are making a difference!

November is here, which means the 42nd annual Festival of Lights Craft Show is less than one month away. Scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 26, this local institution of a craft show is sure to check off all sorts of items on your holiday shopping list. With over 40 local crafters and artisans, you want to mark your calendars for the shopping event of the holiday season: Saturday, Nov. 26, at the Rockland Elks from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. A suggested donation of $2 is asked at the door, and all entrance proceeds go directly to PMHS.

Bolin Pope Memorial Humane Society

Two staff members brought Bolin to my attention when looking for an animal to highlight this week. Shy Bolin came to Pope Memorial Humane Society over 500 days ago. He arrived at the shelter as a terrified kitten who had only known the outside world. It has taken time, patience, and a good amount of cat treats for Bolin to come out of his shell. He is still on the shy side, but if you take the time to sit on the floor, whisper sweet nothings, and tempt him with his favorite treats, he becomes putty in your hand. He will rub against you and give you gentle head butts. Bolin is long overdue for a loving, patient, and understanding home of his own. Do you have other cats? Fantastic! Bolin adores other friendly felines. For more information on Bolin or any of his friends at PMHS, please visit or stop by the shelter. PMHS is open for public visits Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Wish list: Dry kitten food, wet kitten food, poultry-flavored pate style canned cat food, latex gloves (L) and gift cards to local businesses to purchase supplies for the shelter.