All the cute and cuddly dogs and cats at the NL West SPCA animal shelter always get some extra treats during the Christmas season.
They get some extra care and attention as a result of the paid staff and volunteers who spend their time checking on the animals day and night over the holiday break to ensure they are fed and cleaned.
NL West SPCA president Frances Drover said Christmas is a hectic time at the shelter, with a lot of people making generous donations of food, litter and soaps for cleaning.
It’s just a part of the magic of the season where folks who don’t have family around or who have free time to help out tend to offer to lend a helping hand during the busy Christmas period.
“It’s awesome that people feel the need to do these things,” Drover said Friday afternoon.
Christmas may be a time for the kid to come out in everybody, but Drover said it’s no different for the dogs and cats under the care of the SPCA.
“They all get a little bit extra and they’ll be looking for it,” she said. “We have to hide away the treats so that they don’t get at them when we’re not there or our backs are turned.”
There are lots of animals coming and going at the shelter throughout the year and Drover said the atmosphere is always upbeat regardless of the time of year.
The animals roam freely at the shelter. Young boys and girls visit the shelter to look for a pet and the smiles on their faces says it all for the people who are committed to making life better for the animals in their care.
The support for the shelter has been awesome, according to Drover, so she’s happy knowing the little gems under her care get to share in the festive season in their own special way.