Oh Dog! Today I want to get you thinking about the upcoming holidays! Now I know I have friends all around the world, so how or what you choose to celebrate may not all be the same, but I think it’s fair to say that, regardless of your cultural beliefs, this is a time to practice our gratitude for what we have by remembering those who may not have it as good as we do.
According to their web site, Santa Paws Drive has raised approximately $15,000 in toys, treats and donations for 12 shelters worldwide.
Now to some of you that might sound silly. After all, do animals know when it’s Christmas? Do they care if they get gifts?
Here’s a video to assure you that the animals do indeed appreciate the gifts, courtesy of Eleven Eleven Animal Rescue:
This year Santa Paws Drive is focusing on shelters and rescues that help special needs and less adoptable pets. The web site mentions FIV+ cats, senior pets, retired greyhounds, black dogs and cats, ferals… These are sweet animals that have been dealt a trickier card in life, but still deserve all the love and attention as any other pet — maybe even more so! They want to target smaller groups that don’t usually get much opportunity for funding.
Nominations can come from around the world!
So if you are or know of a non-profit, no-kill organization relying solely on donations to survive, go here to nominate the group and maybe this year they can be a recipient of some Christmas joy!
But go TODAY, because nominations must be in BEFORE October 21st!
Now you may also be asking how you can donate to help! The Santa Paws elves will choose six shelters based on need and nomination notes and announce them before the official start of this year’s Santa Paws Drive on November 1.
Once the drive starts, you’ll be able to donate toys, treats or money to send directly to these special pets to help make this their best Christmas ever!
I’ll keep you posted, so start saving your pennies now!