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Presents for Paws event today

December 17th, 2016 by WCBC Radio

This weekend before Christmas has become a big day for the dogs and cats housed at the Allegany County Animal Shelter. Today, Dec. 17 will mark the sixth year supporters of the shelter have promoted Presents for Paws, a family giving day for the pets at the Furnace Road facility. “It’s a common dilemma in institutions of any kind,” ACAS Executive Director Tina Rafferty said. “The big holidays when workers and volunteers spend time with their families can be lonely — manned only by a small crew. Our solution to that problem over the holidays has become a very nice tradition of bringing the celebration to our pets on the Saturday before the big day.” As in previous years, the shelter will hold an open house from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is encouraging local families to come out with gifts of animal food, animal toys, pet care items, blankets, towels, straw, bleach and general cleaning supplies. A list of suggested items can be found on the shelter’s website,

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