Shelter seeks items for animals housed at facility

Dec. 11, 2012 @ 08:36 AM

Operation Christmas Child is designed to give people an opportunity to provide Christmas items for needy children. Working from that concept, officials with Caldwell County Animal Control are looking to do something similar for the animals housed at the animal shelter.
Touting the initiative as Operation Christmas Animal Shelter, Caldwell Animal Control is seeking assistance from the public to supply items for the dogs and cats at the shelter as Christmas approaches.
Through no fault of their own, many animals find themselves at the animal shelter, located at 829 Fairview Dr., Lenoir. Christmas is no exception. Many animals, unless adopted as a pet for little Johnny or Sue, will spend the holiday at the shelter. Animal Control officials want to make their stay a little more pleasant.
“We’re just trying to make Christmas a little more comfortable for the animals here,” said Darla Clark, adoption coordinator for Caldwell Animal Control. “We just need some help getting items for the animals. People willing to help are more than welcome to fill up a shoebox for our dogs and cats.”
Some of the items needed are collars of all sizes, food and treats for dogs and cats, non-stuffed dog and cat toys, shampoo, flea spray, leases of all sizes, bandanas, bleach and towels, or any other animal appropriate items.
Anything that can be donated may be dropped off at the animal shelter or at PetSense, located at 1009 Blowing Rock Blvd., Lenoir. Monetary donations also can be made and will be used to purchase supplies that can be used at the shelter.
Clark also said there is an Angel Tree for dogs and cats in the lobby at the shelter. Dog or cat tags can be pulled to purchase items that may be returned.
“My plan is to be here on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day to spend time with the animals, just to give them some attention and provide them with treats,” Clark said.
Clark reminded people that there are a number of animals that can be adopted at the shelter. On any given day, there are 10-12 dogs available and maybe five or six cats. And Christmas is a time when many people may be looking for that puppy or kitten for a loved one.
“People can come in and look at our adoptable animals,” Clark said, adding that Animal Control has a number of on-site adoptions at various locations in the county. “We do adoptions continuously. We’re trying to find homes for these animals, and they often end up in their ‘Forever Home’ when people give them a look.”
For more information about pet adoptions or Operation Christmas Animal Shelter, call 828-757-8625.