ROCKINGHAM — Animal activist Kim Hutchinson wants every dog and cat at the Richmond County Animal Shelter to have a special Christmas, especially the older ones long awaiting adoption. Which is why she and her husband, Greg, spent Friday afternoon shooting photos of animals for an “angel tree” in the shelter lobby.
When the tree goes up this morning, people will be able to choose a construction paper ornament bearing a pet’s name and photo, and provide suggested gifts: kibble or cat food, rope toys or chewy bones, or even — ouch — appointments to be spayed or neutered. (But no rawhide or stuffed animals, please.)
“There are quite a few older adoptable dogs there instead of just the cute puppies everybody wants to adopt at Christmas,” said Hutchinson, who works with Richmond County Animal Advocates and fosters several animals.
She’s especially worried about dogs like 6-year-old Roxie, a black terrier mix who piddled nervously throughout her photo session with the Hutchinsons.
And Rae, an imperial 1-year-old white, brown and gray cat whose kill date is Sunday. If no one adopts her today, Rae won’t even see Christmas, much less any gifts.
Tracy Parris went to the shelter Friday to choose a puppy from a litter of six Golden Retriever mixes. She thinks she might call the blond puppy Sadie.
As she filled out the adoption papers, Parris handed over the dog to her son Logan, who plans to take soon-to-be-Sadie to Wingate University, where he’ll take exams and the dog will make new friends.
“My mom came by (the shelter) the other day,” he said. “We weren’t even thinking about (adding a puppy to the household), and one day she said, ‘We’re going to get a dog.’”
The Richmond County animal shelter is at 529 W. U.S. 74 Bus., about four miles out of Rockingham. Call 910-895-0335 for information.
Suggested animal gifts are any toys other than stuffed animals, food, chew toys other than rawhide, and dust-free, clumping cat litter. Contributions for medicines also would be welcomed, as would donating toward spaying and neutering surgeries.
And, you can always pick up an animal, too.
Reach Christine Carroll at 910-817-2673 or firstname.lastname@example.org.