bring Christmas joy to shelter cats

Shelter cats can only dream of the kind of holidays most of our cats will experience: a warm place to sleep and snuggle, plenty of food, and, for most of us, more toys than our cats will ever know what to do with.

Dorian Wagner, the founder of, believes that shelter animals deserve a little holiday love, too, and in order to make that happen, she founded Santa Paws Drive three years ago. Santa Paws Drive is an online Christmas toy drive dedicated to pets. The inspiration for the drive was “Toys 4 Tots” and other similar programs that collect donations and then distribute them to the needy – and Dorian wanted to do the same for animals.  ” Our ultimate hope is that each of these dogs and cats finds a forever home,” says Wagner, “but if that doesn’t happen, we want our furry friends to wake up on Christmas morning to gifts and toys and treats… and a little extra cash to help the shelters out.”

Each year, the organization picks six shelters. I’m particularly delighted that one of this year’s shelters is Forever Home Feline Ranch in Illinois – they’re a regular reader and supporter of The Conscious Cat.

The picture below shows one of Dorian’s cats helping her organize last year’s donation – and what you see is only a small fraction of what she received.

Santa Paws toys for shelter cats

You can donate cash or bundles of cat toys. Cash donations start at $1, toy bundle donations start at $10. Please visit Santa Paws Drive for more information, and to donate.

14 Comments on Help bring some holiday joy to shelter cats

  1. This is such a wonderful thing to do for the shelters. Dorian does an amazing job on it. We want to post about it too. Take care.

  2. This is so wonderful! I would take all the cats home for the holiday if I could. I have three cats now, of which two were strays that I adopted. I think about what their life would be like if I didn’t adopt them. It just breaks my heart. I may have saved them, but I know there are so many more. Everytime I think about it I start crying. I hope everyone helps out and does what they can.

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