Dec. 9, 2009: Heart of the Catskills needs support


To the Editor:
The holidays are a time for joy and giving; unless you are one of those people who are finding that they can no longer afford to feed or care for their pets; pets who have been members of their families, often for years.
Here in our area, we are very fortunate to have a caring and safe place to surrender our pets when we can’t care for them properly.  As painful as this can be, if you know anything about the Heart of the Catskills Humane Society in Delhi, you know that there isn’t a better place to leave a pet that you can no longer support.  The little shelter with the big heart works hard to find forever homes for the hundreds of homeless, abused, unwanted, and neglected members of the pet population of Delaware County and beyond.  
Happily, during this past year more than 600 of these homeless pets were adopted into new homes!  This wonderful shelter could use our help all year; but especially now during the holiday season when their need is great and our minds are on other things. During the months of December and January, we will be collecting items for the shelter to give them some help through the holidays and into the New Year. Dog and cat food and other items may be sent to school with your student, or left in the Heart of the Catskills gift boxes in the front hall of Margaretville Central School, or in the NBT bank on Main Street in Margaretville.   Checks made out to HCHS may be left with Mrs. Norwick in the main office at Margaretville Central School.  Below you’ll find a partial list of items the shelter will find particularly useful.  If you’re in Delhi, you may drop off donations at the shelter all year on Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. All donations large or small are gratefully accepted.  
Among needed items are paper towels, non-clay clumping litter, bleach and laundry detergent, canned cat food, dishwashing gloves, dog biscuits, wash cloths or dish cloths, cat treats, catnip and safe cat toys, towels, blankets, (not comforters) and sheets, antiseptic wipes, (unscented) fleece mats, copy paper, folders, Post-it notes, gas cards, windshield wiper fluid, pens, oil change certificates, gift certificates, Comet cleanser, good strong puppy toys, dog/puppy/cat/kitten shampoo and collars and leashes.
On the Web visit to learn more about the Heart of the Catskills Humane Society.  You will meet some of the wonderful cats and dogs they have waiting for adoption to their forever homes as well as learn about other ways you can help support the shelter.   Together we can make a real difference for these animals and their caregivers. We promise you’ll have a warm feeling because you’ve helped those that can’t help themselves.  
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Sue Allen, LTA