Friday, December 12, 2014

Playing Santa to Shelter Cats ‪#‎SantaKittyToyHop‬


About a month ago members of the cat blogging community got together and created the Santa Kitty Toy Hop, a way to brighten the lives of shelter kitties in our own communities with the gift of toys and treats.

We knew right away that we would be playing Santa Kitty to Tara and Truffles' Alma Mater, Franklin County Humane Society in St. Albans, VT. It really couldn't have come together at a better time because in November the shelter was under quarantine for several weeks due to an outbreak of ringworm. All of their bedding and toys had to be tossed, and what was donated had to be dispersed in small amounts. Needless to say, these were some kitties in desperate need of a little Christmas cheer, even if it wasn't quite Thanksgiving yet!

Since the shelter is an hour north of me, I had to depend on Amazon Prime to make my delivery. I figured the best way to approach the situation was with a bunch of "smalls" so that there would be plenty of toys to go around. This is what Truffles and I picked out:


My friend Heather, director of operations at the shelter, sent me these adorable photos of the kitties enjoying their loot:





If you have the time and a little extra money this holiday season, please consider doing a little shopping for your local shelter. The precious babies waiting for their forever homes deserve to have something special for Christmas too, and I guarantee that playing Santa Kitty to shelter animals is the very best feeling in the world!

20 comments:

Marie Symeou said...

Great post!

We ordered some cat food on Amazon for one of our local shelters yesterday :)

Purrs xx
Athena and Marie

The Island Cats said...

Pawsome! We know those shelter kitties will have lots of fun with those toys.

Anonymous said...

Aww, so sweet...thank you, Melissa!

Random Felines said...

that is so sweet - we hope everyone at the shelter is healthy and it sure appears they are loving the new toys!

Marg said...

That sure is such a great thing to do. And a good idea to get Amazon to help. Those kitties sure look happy with their toys. Have your self a great Friday.

Fur Everywhere said...

Oh Melissa and Truffles, the kitties look so very happy with their new toys!! You are so sweet for wanting to help the homeless kitties have a wonderful holiday <3

Patty Woodland said...

What fun for the kitties! Of course I turned to food - my husband says that I always turn to food when it comes to anything....

Cathy Keisha said...

These photos are precious! We wish we had photos too. This was such a great idea.

Caren Gittleman said...

oh that is just great!! I am sure the kitties LOVED their loot! That was sooooooooo thoughtful!

Summer at sparklecat.com said...

It looks like the kitties had lots of fun! I'm so glad you participated... and I bet the cats at the Franklin County Humane Center are too!

Sue said...

What a great idea!

The Swiss Cats said...

That's so cool ! Those toys looks like a lot of fun, the kitties are going to be very happy ! We're glad to be part of Santa Kitty Toy Hop too ! Purrs

pilch92 15andmeowing said...

Great choices Truffles and your mom. The photos are great- the kitties look happy.

Angel Prancer Pie said...

What a pawsome idea. You furriends did good!
XOXO

Two French Bulldogs said...

ahhh so cute
Lily & Edward

katsrus said...

So wonderful. Nice to see the kitties playing with them too.
Sue B

Marty the Manx said...

What a great variety! So glad your friend could take some pictures to share!

Maxwell, Faraday and Allie said...

That was so nice of the shelter director to take photos for you!!!!
And WONDERFUL that you gave such great gifts! You made many kitties very happy, we know!

Clooney said...

Oh that is so wonderful that you helped out these kitties, what a sweet, heart-warming post, love the photos too!

meowmeowmans said...

Awesome job, Melissa and Truffles. What a wonderful way to help Truffles' alma mater, at a time when those kitties need some good cheer. :)

Hugs!