When Santa for­gets his suit

The Catoosa County News - - COMMUNITY NEWS - By Ta­mara Wolk Cor­re­spon­dent

On Nov. 17 the Ca­toosa County Li­brary was bustling with hol­i­day spirit. Chil­dren were color­ing and cre­at­ing crafts and munch­ing on snacks, the front of the li­brary was full of folks cud­dling cats and pet­ting dogs, and Santa ... Santa was wan­der­ing around with­out his suit, hop­ing no one would no­tice.

Not to worry, the jolly elf was wear­ing his ev­ery­day clothes, but chil­dren were hop­ing to share their Christ­mas wishes with some­one in red and white with a big black belt and shiny boots.

The event was Tales for Tails, a pro­gram for chil­dren and an out­reach to the com­mu­nity by the li­brary and North Ge­or­gia An­i­mal Al­liance. Santa came along with NGAA, but some­how his suit got left be­hind.

Shan­non to the res­cue (no pun in­tended)! The li­brary’s chil­dren’s di­rec­tor, Shan­non Neal, dug through a bin full of cos­tumes and voila! – Dave Mayo, an NGAA vol­un­teer who had of­fered to serve as Santa, be­came Santa’s cat (in the Hat) – in over­alls.

Chil­dren were slightly taken aback at find­ing Santa’s cat in­stead of Santa him­self, but they warmed to the gi­ant kitty quickly. One young gentle­man told Santa’s cat all about how he used to be a pi­rate, right down to how he lost his ship.

“I bet I can guess your name,” said Santa’s cat. “Cap­tain Nemo.”

“No,” said the for­mer pi­rate. “Jack Spar­row.”

Other chil­dren told Santa’s cat what they hoped to find un­der the tree Christ­mas morn­ing and he promised to take the mes­sages back to the North Pole with him.

In ad­di­tion to the li­brary ac­tiv­i­ties and Santa’s cat, NGAA brought eight cats they have for adop­tion and the Walker County Shel­ter brought two dogs they’re try­ing to adopt out to­gether be­cause they’ve be­come so bonded. NGAA dec­o­rated the Christ­mas tree they have at the li­brary each year, and the li­brary do­nated a bag of sup­plies to NGAA.

Also on hand and help­ing with the ac­tiv­i­ties were the Ring­gold-based youth or­ga­ni­za­tion LYFT and mem­bers of Ring­gold High School’s Fam­ily, and Com­mu­nity Lead­ers of Amer­ica class.

The Ca­toosa County Li­brary runs pro­grams for chil­dren, tweens and teens all year long. They are lo­cated at 108 Ca­toosa Cir­cle, Ring­gold, and can be reached at 706-965-3600.

North Ge­or­gia An­i­mal Al­liance is an an­i­mal res­cue and adop­tion or­ga­ni­za­tion and of­fers help with spay/neuter costs for those who qual­ify. They can be reached at North­ge­or­giaan­i­malal­liance.org or at their helpline: 706-937-2287. NGAA is cur­rently in need of vol­un­teers to act as fos­ter par­ents to dogs and cats wait­ing for per­ma­nent homes.

Any­one in­ter­ested in adopt­ing the Walker County dogs that were at the event can see them at the Walker County Shel­ter at 5488 N. Mar­ble­top Road, Chicka­mauga, or call 706-375-2100.

/ Ta­mara Wolk

On Nov. 17, the Ca­toosa County Li­brary and North Ge­or­gia An­i­mal Al­liance held a chil­dren’s ac­tiv­i­ties and adop­tion event called Tales for Tails and chil­dren got to visit with cats and dogs that are look­ing for per­ma­nent homes.

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