Police in Anne Arundel County are hoping to make the holidays a bit brighter for the area's needy animals through a food drive and a photos with Santa program.
With their annual "Give a Pet a Happy Holiday" program, county animal control are collecting new pet item donations which will help needy animals in the Housing Commission of Anne Arundel County, The Lighthouse Shelter and others pets unlikely to get holiday presents -- or even a good meal -- this year.
Officials are accepting canned food items, pet toys, crates and carriers, bedding, leashes and collars, treats, dry food items, cat litter, bird toys and bird feed. People can drop them off 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, now through December 15, at the Animal Control Facility located at 411 Maxwell Frye Road, Millersville.
And here's the good part: If you donate between now and November 11, you can have your pet’s photo taken with Santa. Donors get a free 5 x 7 photo. (And you can also take your own shots.) “Paws with Claus” photos will be taken Nov. 21 and 22, wih reservations.