Many cats, dogs and other critters at the Tri-County Humane Society are hoping for a merrier Christmas this season.
Besides donations of money, there are other needs that are always welcome, especially as seasonal gifts.
The following is a list of needs:
For the animals:
Name-brand dry cat/kitten/dog food; clay cat litter (the non-clumping type); rabbit/guinea pig food; rawhide bones, toys, kongs and tennis balls; ceramic food dishes; canned dog food; cat toys; cash donations for veterinary expenses.
For the shelter:
Paper towels/toilet paper; liquid bleach/clorox cleaning wipes; hot/cold water hoses (100 feet or longer); laundry detergent/hand soap; 9-volt and AAA batteries; large plastic storage bins; scrub tops L-4xL; aluminum cans for recycling; gift-wrapping paper/bows/boxes/ribbons for upcoming fundraiser.
For the office:
White/color copy paper (8-1/2 x 11 only); postage stamps; laminate sheets; long-distance phone cards; gift cards from Office Depot, Office Max or Staples; canned air; clorox cleaning wipes; tape (Scotch and packing).
People can shop online for items needed by the humane society. Go to amazon.com and smile.amazon.com and then, to view a complete list of needs, look up Tri-County Humane Society St. Cloud MN.
Items may also be dropped off at the humane society at 735 8th St. NE, St. Cloud, MN 56304. Checks may also be mailed to that address. The humane society’s phone number is 320-252-0896. Its open hours are noon-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday, noon-8 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday.
Other specific needs include off-site adoption volunteers, basic maintenance assistance, dishes/laundry room helper, animal transporters, animal care-givers at the shelter, vet tech students and pre-vet students to assist with surgeries and exams.