Around Christmas, some rescue dogs get a special delivery filled with their favorite toys and treat every year.
Each year the Best Friends Animal Society in Kanab, Utah, organizes a Christmas party for the rescue dogs.
The workers at the shelter pile the Santa’s sleigh with donated and new toys and treats for the doggos at the shelter.
The Chief Sanctuary Officer Judah Battista says, “The tradition goes back to the beginning of the Sanctuary, almost 38 years ago. It all began as a way to involve the animals that weren’t in a home in the spirit of Christmas.”
Along the road, it became an annual event that brought joy to rescue dogs, volunteers, and caregivers at the shelter.
The dogs love to pick out their favorite toys from the pile.
Alison Waszmer, the shelter director, says, “Our team loves getting to see the dogs having so much fun and just being dogs.”
The shelter accommodates almost 400 dogs with extensive medical needs. Some dogs have behavior issues, some are adapting and require a safe place before going to their adoptive homes.
Toys and treats are piled to the brim in the sleigh. Then, each dog gets a turn to dig and pick out their favorite toy or treat while others cheer them on.
The event lasts for almost two hours before all rescue dogs have a new toy to their name.
“Some dogs want to investigate each toy and then pick a favorite. Others jump right in and grab the first toy they see, while other dogs will search for their favorite thing and take that.”
“It is really fun to see how each dog responds,” shares Erin Menard, Manager Logistics for the event.
A rescued pup, Dingo, couldn’t decide what he wanted last year. Finally, when he got into the truck, he grabbed each toy. He inspected each toy and fitted as many in his mouth as he could. He was delighted to have so many toys.
Thank you The Dog People for the story. Thank you Best Friends Animal Society for the amazing video.
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