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OPERATION SANTA PAWS – December 1st – 24th

Operation Santa Paws - December


Operation Santa Paws is an annual designation observed from December 1st to December 24th. During this holiday season, let’s show a little extra love to our furry friends whom we love with all our hearts. The campaign goal of Operation Santa Paws is stock the shelters with much-needed supplies. Our four-legged friends need to feel loved during the holidays just like we do!

Our pets are very important to us. For many people, they’re a member of the family. They are our best friends, our protectors; sometimes they even serve as therapists to us. Operation Santa Paws reminds us of the millions of pets around the country in shelters in need of a loving home. Unfortunately, about 7.6 million companion animals (dogs, cats, and other domestic pets) enter shelters around the country on a yearly basis.  Although many get adopted, the majority spend much of their lives in cages. December is an opportunity to donate to a shelter near you of a new blanket, toy or even some treats for a shelter animal to enjoy during the holidays.


Use #OperationSantaPaws to spread the word on social media! The more we raise awareness, the more people all over the nation will take a little time out of their day to donate. In your post, show others what you gave so they have an idea of what they can go shopping for. Without the support of kindhearted, generous people all over the United States, Operation Santa Paws wouldn’t work. If you have donated or plan to this year, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts!


Operation Santa Paws was founded by Justin Rudd in 2001 as part of the Haute Dog organization. The mission was, and still is, to encourage animal lovers to go out and buy a few pet toys and treats to donate, so that animals in shelters can feel the love during the holidays just like the rest of us.

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