As we begin the New Year, we look back on all the animals who found forever homes: dogs, cats, mice, rats, gerbils, hamsters, guinea pigs and bunnies. Without you, our supportive community members, this would not have been possible. In addition to supporting us by opening up your homes to adopt a shelter animal (or two), you supported us with your generous gifts of much needed supplies, financial contributions to support animal care and programs, and your time and talents through volunteering.  Thank you! And let’s not forget our wonderful foster families, who temporarily care for animals until they are ready for adoption. One of these families took in a female beagle that proceeded to have 11 puppies!  They have all been adopted, along with the seven beagle puppies that were born here at the shelter a week earlier. On a side note, the first family ended up being a “foster fail.” This term is given to a foster family who keeps one or more of the animals they are fostering. They kept the mother and two of the beagle puppies. Sometimes true love conquers all!

We must not forget our amazing volunteers. Without their help, the shelter could not afford to continue, and certainly would not be as clean and the dogs walked less often. We have at least 100 active volunteers who report for one or more shifts per week. Statistically, each volunteer hour is valued at $29.95. With over 9,000 volunteer hours entered in 2022 (not even counting the foster hours), that adds up to a substantial savings for Pope. We are certainly fortunate. If getting involved is on your list of New Year’s resolutions, consider attending one of our monthly volunteer orientations to learn more. Visit Popehumane.org for details on volunteering.

Winston.

Our featured cats this week are Pepper and Winston. Pepper is an old soul, over nine years old. He has been declawed, so would have to be an indoor cat. Special CD food keeps him healthy, but after being passed over for younger cats, he needs to be happy in a forever home. Winston is only a year and a half old and a little shy. With distinctive coloring — brown and black fur on top and all white everywhere else — he is very photogenic. Won’t you adopt him and help him come out of his shell? He would love to meet you. Stop in and visit Pepper and Winston or the many other wonderful animals we have available for adoption. We are open Monday through Saturday, 11-4. To learn more, call 594-2200.

Wish list: Poultry-flavored pate-style canned cat food, milk bone minis, stamps, latex gloves (M/L), and wood pellets. Thank you.