The Star-Herald

Happy new year

New Year’s should be a reflective time for us all.  It’s a brand-new year and the start of hopefully a happy and healthy 2023.  It goes without saying that the past couple of years have been an extreme challenge as we have all dealt with the pandemic and the cost of everything going through the roof.  But I still believe that we are better off than many in this world.

Giving thanks is a large part of who we are and what is truly important in each of our lives.  I have had the pleasure of serving on the board of directors for the Central Aroostook Humane Society for 20-plus years, and I have noticed the different ways that individuals “give back.”

Many donate items (towels, laundry soap, catnip, pet toys, food, bleach, etc.) through organizations that conduct drives, and some people give on their own. Over the years we have seen young boys and girls show the ultimate kindness in having birthday parties and have only gifts given to benefit our shelter pets.  

Others have given by coming to the shelter and helping the employees take care of the animals — from cleaning cages, to feeding the animals, walking the dogs and spending time providing tender loving care and attention.  The animals need socialization and any human interaction is a plus.

What is somewhat amazing is the following that we have on Facebook.  We have more than 15,000 people who follow our posts.  Many will like and share our posts, which go out to an incredible amount of people.  This is especially important when we have special events going on, or a family pet has gone missing. So many will get the word out and most times, the pet will find its way back to its family thanks to the kindness of our supporters.  

Our employees will also post wonderful photos of the dogs and cats (also rabbits, birds, guinea pigs, etc.) that are up for adoption. a picture will speak volumes, and many will find their forever homes quickly thanks to the exposure they get on Facebook.  

Being a non-profit organization, we are blessed and thankful for everything that our supporters provide. We are also very grateful to the amazing employees and the board members who help to run the Central Aroostook Humane Society. We send warm wishes that you and your family enjoy a beautiful and safe new year.

If you are looking for that special pet to add to your family, please stop by the Central Aroostook Humane Society at 24 Cross St., Presque Isle, or check us out on Facebook.   

Please be responsible owners — spay and neuter your pets.

Gloria J. Towle is the secretary and a member of the Central Aroostook Humane Society board of directors.

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