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Help Fayetteville shelter Animals enjoy Christmas meal, gifts

Posted December 13, 2019 9:39 p.m. EST

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Want to help a local homeless critter in need?

The Friends of Cumberland County Animal Shelter (FOCCAS), the non-profit that supports shelter programs and services, is organizing a Christmas meal for the animals on Dec. 19, starting at 11 a.m.

Approximately 100 dogs and 150 cats will enjoy this animal-friendly meal. The animals will also receive stockings filled with treats and toys.

The public can help by donating food items. Only official shelter volunteers will be allowed to assist staff with giving the special holiday meal to the animals, but residents can definitely help make it happen.

Anyone wishing to donate food, toys or treats for the Christmas celebration can drop items off at the shelter at 4704 Corporation Drive, Fayetteville, weekdays from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m.

The deadline for donations is Dec. 18 at 5:30 p.m. Monetary donations can be made to the Animal Enrichment Fund here.

Suggested donations include:

  • pet food
  • toys or treats including durable rubber dog toys
  • rope toys
  • cat toys
  • canned chicken, turkey, tuna and sardines
  • canned pumpkin (plain)
  • green beans
  • sweet potatoes (plain)
  • baby carrots, bananas and apples

Additionally, FOCCAS is collecting cold-weather dog houses, straw, blankets and food for outdoor dogs to be comfortable and safe over the winter months.

Owners and animals will be nominated by Animal Control Staff to receive the dog houses. However, members of the public can also contact the Shelter or FOCCAS to inquire about receiving a dog house.

Residents who would like to donate cold-weather supplies may drop off items at the shelter.

For more information about FOCCAS, visit their Facebook page here.

To help the group with events and other outreach programs, interested parties should first become a volunteer with the animal shelter.

For volunteer information, visit the shelter website or call 910-321-6852.

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