Shelter Program Allows Visitors To Fill Stockings For Homeless Pets

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…unless you are a homeless pet waiting for a family of your own. One shelter in Bakersfield, California, is hoping to make the holidays a bit brighter with a fun community outreach program which allows visitors to stuff the stockings of homeless shelter pets.

Julie Johnson, the executive director for the City of Bakersfield Animal Care Center, explained to, “We are just always looking for fun ways to bring attention to the pets that are here and involve the community in our shelter.”

On Thursday, the Facebook page for the animal shelter explained the goal of the Christmas stocking project:

“We are asking for the Community to come on down and put a toy or treat into all of our pups stocking! While we hope they all get forever homes this season, we know that not everyone can adopt. But you can still show your love by filling up their Christmas stockings! Our kitties need love too, so we hope to get them all filled up for the holidays! Thank you!”

Need ideas? Be creative! Dog treats, cat toys, chew toys, safe to chew bones, catnip treats, stuffed animals…things that your own pets would enjoy! And, spread the word – every stocking needs to be full!

Find the website for the City of Bakersfield Animal Shelter here.

(Images via Pixabay and City of Bakersfield)

Penny Eims

Penny is a freelance writer who provided content to her National Dog News column at for 8 years. She is a current contributor to Fido Friendly Magazine, as well as a newly formed website, Pet Rescue Report. Penny is married and she has two rescued German shepherds and two kids.

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