Published by: Ingrid King. Last Updated on: February 1, 2023 by Crystal Uys


For most of us, our cats are a big part of our  holiday celebrations, and they probably take having a warm place to sleep and snuggle, plenty of food, and plenty of toys for granted. Thousands of shelter cats aren’t so lucky.

For the past five years, Dorian Wagner, the founder of, has helped bring some holiday cheer to shelter cats (and dogs) with her Santa Paws Drive program. 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 Dorian, “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.

The picture at the top of the post shows Pimp, one of Dorian’s cats, helping her organize last year’s donation (although it looks to me like Pimp is falling down on the job…) What you see is only a small fraction of what she received.


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. Toy donations will be accepted through December 13, and cash donations through December 20.

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