Become a Virtual Santa Claus! And about Tender Paws
The Humane Society wants to give the pets in their foster care program a very merry Christmas, and you can help. Here's the deal from an Actionline:
"The Humane Society of Clarksville-Montgomery Co. proudly announces its Second Annual Santa Paws Program for our foster dogs & cats!! This is a great program for individuals that LOVE to help animals but can not foster. It is also well-deserving & lots of fun for our foster families who open their homes and hearts year round for homeless animals in our community. Here's a sneak peek at our current 2007 pet roster (go to their Web site to see all the foster babies!)
"How the program works: Click on the Santa Paws link on our website at www.clarksvillehumanesociety.org for a list of foster pets & their wish lists. Email us with your foster pet selection(s) & go shopping! The wish list is only a guideline... but as a Santa Paws you can give whatever you like! All Santa Paws selections & gifts must be turned in no later than Fri. Dec. 14th. Gifts will be personally delivered to foster homes on Sat. Dec. 15 by "Nya Clause" in her Rudolph-mobile, pictured below.
"PLEASE help us make this a wonderful Christmas for our homeless animals and their foster families... your caring goes a long way!!!"
I know Nya the Santa Dog! I even went to a past birthday party of hers at Rotary Park years ago. Everyone brought their doggie guests and presents, and Nya greeted us wearing a birthday hat. We had good food and birthday cake and a great time, as all pet-lovers do when they get together. She is a wonderful dog that has been a therapy dog with Tender Paws. Are you guys familiar with Tender Paws? They meet at Gateway and the members visit people in the hospital and nursing homes with their pets, who get certified in therapy. Pets who go to Gateway even get their own badge! They also do a reading program, where children read to the dog, making them less nervous and helping them with their reading skills.
When I was in the hospital for four days after a hysterectomy several years ago, I had a visit from a Tender Paws dog. It was so great, because I really missed my own dogs.
Years ago when I wasn't working at the time, I took Tramp and Penny to Palmyra nursing home for visits. It was so rewarding. People who seemed in a shell and didn't talk broke into huge grins when they petted a dog. It's one of those things I'd love to do again when I'm RETIRED and not working full time. If this is something you have time for, you should check it out.
posted by Sandy at 12/06/2007 10:22:00 AM