The holidays are a time of joy and celebration – in a perfect world, every pet would be able to enjoy this special time of year surrounded by adoring family members. Unfortunately many animals are living in shelters, rather than homes. With the help of a compassionate rescue community, homeless animals at California’s Baldwin Park Animal Shelter will have the opportunity to partake in the magic of the season.
Thanks to Robin Harmon (and shelter staff and volunteers) homeless pets at the shelter are treated to an annual Christmas party. Harmon told Shelter Me that her inspiration was simple – she just, “wanted to do something a little special for all the animals at the shelter and have a fun day for staff, volunteers, and potential adopters.”
At the party, homeless pets receive treats, soft blankets, warm beds (all donated!) and the best gift of all – attention and love.
Each year (ongoing since 2010) The Dog House LA, kicks off the donation collection drive at their Los Angeles location – they collect items from their clients and anyone else who is interested in making a donation. The donated items are brought to to the shelter to be distributed on Christmas Eve morning.
According to Harmon, this year, Operation Blankets of Love is also participating and they will be bringing blankets, beds and other animal supplies. Thanks to Avilio’s Italian Restaurant, donated pasta and bread will be on hand, in addition to other food items, donated by volunteers and staff, for “the humans.”
Harmon told Shelter Me about some of the activities happening at the Christmas party:
We will highlight dogs at the shelter for adoption such as the small seniors and pit bulls. The small seniors will be dressed in holiday outfits and be out of their kennels in x-pens in the kennel area and volunteers will bring out selected big dogs to meet the public.
Harmon hopes to emphasize the importance of people who make this special event possible – she told Shelter Me:
This event happens because of the compassion of people in the local rescue community who take time out of their busy lives to provide some extra love for shelter animals. The Baldwin Park staff are essential in the planning and organization of the day and many come in even if it is their day off to share in the holiday spirit.
If you live in the area and would like to donate to this special event, donations can be taken to:
4275 N Elton St
Baldwin Park, CA 91706
M-Th 12-7 p.m.
F-Sat 10-5 p.m.
Looking to adopt a new friend? According to Harmon, adoptions are reduced to $50 for dogs during the party, and cat adoptions are already free for the month of December.
Find the Dog House here.
Baldwin Park Animal Shelter on Facebook here.