For the third year in a row, dogs and cats at the LaGrange Animal Shelter will have a little something extra for the holidays thanks to LaGrange College.
The shelter-humane society donation tree is up and items are being accepted in the office of the provost in Banks Hall.
Donations will be collected until they are delivered on Dec. 21.
Last year’s “howliday haul” collected 469.66 pounds of dog food, 194.59 pounds of cat food, and 146 pounds of cat litter and Lindsey Elkins, assistant to the provost, hopes to surpass that this year.
The wish list this year consists of:
Purina or Pedigree canned puppy food
Purina brand dry dog/cat/puppy/kitten food
Dog and cat collars
Shampoo for dogs/cats/puppies/kittens
Bath towels (new or used)
Clay (non-scoopable) cat litter
The community is welcome to add to the tree along with college students and staff.
“I have done it every Christmas since I began working at the college in 2010,” Elkins said. “I guess what inspired me initially was seeing how many charities run campaigns during the holidays, but one would never see any benefiting the shelter animals. And that just would not do. They need it as much as anyone else!”
Elkins said she was quick to discover the college is a giving community.
“I discovered quickly (but not with much surprise) that the LC community is a very caring one, and our colleagues and neighbors just beam with excitement when they bring their donations and place them under the donation tree. Many students contribute, too, which is heartwarming. There are so many people who would love to help the shelter animals, but their hearts are so tender, that they can’t bring themselves to go out to the shelter, even to drop off donations. I totally understood that feeling, and thought, ‘well, if I did that part for them, they might be happy to help.’ “
Elkins said the delivery itself has become the best part of the process.
“Last year, there were so many donations, we had to have National Management Resources bring a truck over so we could load it all up. The provost himself literally rolled up his sleeves and helped load. Students and staff members went to the shelter to make the delivery for some very happy dogs and cats.”