Don't For­get A Pet!

Hol­i­day gifts make a big dif­fer­ence

Times of the Islands - - Pets - BY ANN MARIE O’PHEL AN Ann Marie O’Phe­lan is a reg­u­lar con­trib­u­tor to TOTI Media.

As you make your hol­i­day gift list, re­mem­ber lo­cal pet shel­ters. You can do­nate dol­lars and items, or vol­un­teer your time and talents. “Our vol­un­teers as­sist with adoptions, so­cial­iz­ing dogs and cats, off­site events and they also work as lobby greeters,” says Karen For­diani, pub­lic in­for­ma­tion spe­cial­ist with Lee County Do­mes­tic An­i­mal Ser­vices.

The pet pantry al­ways needs dry and canned dog and cat food. Blan­kets, tow­els, beds, toys and treats are wel­come, as well. The shel­ter’s Ama­zon Wish List sends do­na­tions di­rectly to the shel­ter; do­nate dol­lars di­rectly (via check or on­line) or to the An­i­mal Care Trust Fund.

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