During the holiday season it’s important to think about those less fortunate – especially those with paws. Across the U.S., thousands of abused and abandoned animals in local shelters and rescues become overlooked during the holidays.
Operation Santa Paws, a local grassroots organization from Long Beach, Calif., is hoping to spearhead a canine and feline toy/treat drive to benefit less-fortunate pets. The organization was started back in 2001 by Justin Rudd.
Operation Santa Paws is encouraging all animal lovers to bring a new dog or cat toy, treats or supplies to their drop-off zones located across the country. All donations will be collected and delivered in time for Christmas to shelters and rescues.
These donations will be used to improve the quality of life for pets in shelters. Toys and treats help reduce their stress and increase their chances of being adopted. Even the simplest of toys can make any animal feel more at ease. For instance, cats are best suited with rolling toys, such as small plastic balls or batting toys, which can be hung from cage doors. Dogs, on the other hand, are more inclined to enjoy heavy-duty Kong rubber chew toys.
Keep in mind that Operation Santa Paws can’t do it alone and they need your help. If you, your company or your organization want to lend a hand to Operation Santa Paws, you can create a donation drop-off zone or volunteer your time by emailing Justin@JustinRudd.com.
Posters are available on the Operation Santa Paws website. You can place them on cardboard collection boxes, in the office, at pet stores or wherever your heart desires. If you create a drop-off zone, email Rudd the business name, address and phone number so that he can include your location on the website.
While you’re volunteering your time to the less-fortunate animals, please help spread the word to your friends, family and social network. You can also contact your local newspaper and media outlets to let them know what you’re doing and ask them to help get the word out.
The collection will run through December 18, so be sure to start collecting toys early. For more information about Operation Santa Paws or to make a donation, visit its website.