Staff at a small, rural, open-intake animal shelter in Marion, North Carolina, hope that area residents will remember the homeless pets at their facility this holiday season. Every homeless pet, who is waiting for a family of their own, has a stocking hanging in the lobby of the McDowell County Animal Shelter.
It may not be quite the same as a stocking hanging from a fireplace mantel, or a nicely decorated banister, but the thought is the same – these pets deserve to be remembered, even if they are not living in a home, as a beloved companion.
Veterinary Technician Kaitlin Settlemyre, who put up 30 stockings for the cats and dogs who are currently at the shelter, told McDowell News, “We are trying to fill them with toys, treats, brushes, lids that cover dog food cans or anything we can use at the shelter,” she added, “If they get adopted before Christmas, we are going to send the stocking home with their new family as a gift.”
There is more to the stockings than simply the hope of fun items for the shelter pets – there is hope that area residents will stop by the facility and possibly see a cat or dog who catches their eye. Or possibly, see an animal who might be the perfect fit for someone they know. At the very least…a visitor to an animal who longs to see a friendly face. Settlemyre said, “We really want to get the community back involved with the shelter.”
People in the area can visit the shelter at: 3751 N.C. 226 South, Marion, NC
Monday – Friday
9:30 AM – 3:30 PM
8 AM – 1 PM
Facebook page for the animal shelter here.
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