Gift Giving Tree benefits homeless dogs, cats |

Gift Giving Tree benefits homeless dogs, cats

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Patrick McCartney/Sierra SunKate Taylor of Tails By The Lake holds a squeaky reindeer toy, the kind of gift given to homeless animals at the Humane Society shelter in Truckee on Christmas Eve. Tails By The Lake offers a discount to customers who donate a gift to shelter animals in the annual Animal Gift Giving Tree.

The Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe describes Cricket, a black-and-white cat residing at the Truckee shelter, as a very pretty little tuxedo girl who loves to play! In an annual ceremony on Christmas Eve, shelter staff and volunteers will give Cricket a toy to play with, treats and a new collar, a gift from an anonymous donor. The holidays will be a little brighter for Cricket and other down-on-their-luck animals at the Truckee shelter, thanks to the Animal Gift Giving Tree, an annual project that aims to give homeless dogs and cats a Happy Howliday. The pet toy drive started on Thanksgiving, and continues through Christmas.The Animal Gift Giving Tree is a joint campaign of the Humane Society and Tails by the Lake: Specialty Shop for Dogs andamp; Cats, located in the Village at Squaw Valley. For several years, Tails by the Lake has hosted the Animal Gift Giving Tree, which displays the photos and descriptions of individual sheltered animals. The shop offers a 30 percent discount to any customer who is willing to donate something to one of the homeless pets. Its up to the donor to choose one of the pets as a recipient of their gift, or if they prefer, to donate money, food or other items to sustain all of the animals, said Kate Taylor, the shop assistant, on a blustery Saturday afternoon.Everything goes to the Humane Society, Taylor said. Its all for the benefit of the homeless animals.

If a chosen animal is adopted, the gifts go with them to their new home.This year, the Animal Gift Giving Tree has replaced the large conifer with a space-saving wooden post, its trunk decorated with ornaments the pictures and descriptions of dogs and cats still waiting for someone to donate a gift for Christmas Eve, or even adopt them. Daisy is a 6-year-old pit bull who plays well with others and has a sweet disposition.Magic is a gorgeous tortoise-shell stray, whos had a very rough life, but has started to trust her caretakers.On Saturday, Taylor said all of the animals not yet chosen deserve a treat: The more the merrier.