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Holiday toy drive for homeless animals

Holiday toy drive for homeless animals

Wrapping paper, chew toys, jingle balls and collars will sit below the Christmas tree at the Lycoming County SPCA. This year, though, it’s not Santa bringing gifts for dogs, cats and furry friends alike that call the SPCA their home on Christmas morning at the SPCA, it is the community.

The Lycoming County SPCA is holding a Holiday Toy Drive — though it is not the first Holiday Toy Drive they have held at the local shelter, it is the first year the SPCA has an Amazon wishlist for people to browse what is needed, said Christa Watson, director of development at the Lycoming County SPCA.

The Holiday Toy Drive runs till 7:30 p.m. Dec. 23, when the shelter closes. In addition to donating online through the wishlist, people also can visit to donate to the Lycoming SPCA, 2805 Reach Road, Williamsport, or at the store located at the Lycoming Mall.

Christmas morning the bunnies, Guinea pigs, cats and dogs will have the opportunity to get into the holiday spirit. The Lycoming SPCA will go live at 11 a.m. on Facebook to pass out the toys to the animals, Watson said.

The shelter is looking to collect items that the animals miss out on having such as heavy chew toys for the bigger dogs, or smaller chew ropes for the bunnies and Guinea pigs, Watson said. These are items the shelter is “unable to keep stocked due to the money.”

Not only does this lighten the mood for the animals having to spend the holidays at the shelter, it also boosts moral and is a fun activity for staff and volunteers to get involved in together, Watson said.

The Lycoming SPCA takes donations year round, not just during the season of giving, as they are always in need of “wet food of any variety for both dogs and cats; laundry detergent and bleach,” Watson said.

For those planning ahead and looking to volunteer in the new year, the Lycoming County SPCA’s next volunteer orientation will be held in January.

“Giving back is always important, but during this time of year it really helps enrich the lives of shelter animals and sustain them through the colder weather,” Watson said. “You can make a difference in a homeless animal’s life.” “Any amount helps.”

— For more information, visit https://www.lycomingspca.org/.

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