WALLINGFORD — It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the town animal shelter. Even the pets available for adoption have wish lists.
Fuzzy toy mice for a cat to attack is the wish of Katniss and Prim. Bully sticks made from tough animal hide is the wish of a dog named Shumai. And Ivory Rose can hardly wait for a walk in her new purple collar and harness.
Shelter staff have been posting profiles and photos of each animal on Facebook, along with what they want for Christmas.
The public is invited to visit the shelter, 5 Pent Road, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 24 to spend time with the animals and drop off gifts.
Katie Ehlers, town animal control officer, said Friday that the shelter currently houses about 25 cats and 11 dogs.
“Everyone is so generous around Christmas,” she said, “and they want to make donations, so we figured we would tell people what we actually need. People love to be able to purchase specific items for a specific animal and bring them here, present it to the dog or the cat.”
The shelter is also accepting cash donations.
“All of those donations go into our trust fund, which we use for special medical cases,” she said.
Facebook campaigns have proven to be a successful way to highlight the stories of shelter animals.
Domino, a male pit bull mix, had spent most of his life in the shelter before being adopted three years ago by Christina Borger, who teaches in Cheshire.
Borger maintains a Facebook page dedicated to Domino.
“We hear from her all the time,” Ehlers said. “He’s doing excellent. That was the perfect match.”