Looking for a new 'leash' on life in Maine

Aug 08, 2017

Camden — In recent weeks, the staff at P.A.W.S. has welcomed several new dogs, all of them rescued from overcrowded shelters in other states and all of them hoping for a new “leash” on life here in Maine.

Among the newcomers is Martin, a genuine party animal from Georgia. This handsome boy (we think he's an Australian cattle mix) is so much fun. The first thing he did when he arrived two weeks ago, after an almost 40-hour drive, was pounce on the toys he found waiting for him in his kennel. Maybe playthings were in short supply where he came from, but now that he’s here, he’s making up for lost time, begging to play with everyone he sees and even amusing himself by tossing balls in the air and catching them. Martin is still a little bit jittery — an unexpected bird in the sky or young children cavorting around sometimes make him jump — but we think he just needs time and a loving, permanent home in order to overcome his fears and recover from whatever mistreatment he may have experienced in the past. We believe he’ll do best in household that has no children or only older kids — no wee ones whose actions may be sudden or unpredictable.

We also have a lovely group of cats of all ages, ranging from eight weeks to 12 years old. Earlier, at the height of kitten season, the tiniest fluff balls seemed to fly out the door almost as fast as they arrived. But if it’s a kitten you want, rest assured we still have plenty from which to choose, from two-month-old bitties all the way up to 12-week-old youngsters like Shakespeare, who has already has been neutered, vaccinated, and microchipped and can’t wait to be your Romeo.

How do you love animals and support your local shelter’s efforts to secure happy, caring homes for the homeless? To quote Shakespeare’s fellow bard Elizabeth Barrett Browning, let us count the ways! At the moment, we feel a bit cash-strapped due to veterinary expenses incurred in getting several stray kittens who arrived at the shelter in poor health back in the pink and ready for adoption. So we’d be especially grateful for any monetary gifts you could afford to provide. O check our website, pawsadoption.org, to learn about other ways to help. And by all means, if you’d like to meet Martin, Shakespeare, or any of our adoptable pets, please visit us at 123 John St. in Camden, or call us at 236-8702.

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