We are pleased to announce that a total of $7,500 in food, treats, supplies and cash was donated to the following local non-profit organizations during the month of December:  Greyhound Adventures, Baypath Humane Society, Phinney’s Friends, Worcester Animal Rescue League, House Rabbit Network, Canine Companions for Independence, Save A Dog, Lowell Humane Society and local breed rescue Lucky Star Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Rescue.

This generosity reflects a 7% increase over last year’s donations. Holiday fundraising events included our annual Pet Photos with Santa and The Forgotten Pets Toy Drive for local non-profit rescue organizations.

Most successful of all the fundraisers was the annual Pet Photos with Santa events, held in all six Especially for Pets’ locations.

Rebecca Tarby, a volunteer with Framingham-based non-profit, Save A Dog, said “Thanks again for hosting another successful Save A Dog event - we really appreciate Especially for Pets' support!  We made $648 in one day between Pet Photos with Santa and Save A Dog merchandise sales. This is a great success for only three hours!  A very fun time was had by all and it gave us another great opportunity to raise much needed funds in our efforts to help homeless pets find loving new families!”

According to Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) volunteer Judy Tucker, “Pet Photos with Santa was a fun and exciting day at the Newton Especially for Pets. Store manager, Trish and her staff offered us outstanding warm welcome!  The combination of Santa pictures and Red sox calendars was dynamite and led to a total of $600. We are grateful and pleased. Thank you for having us under your philanthropic umbrella.”

Cheryl Townsend of Baypath Humane Society was also thrilled with the money raised for the Hopkinton-based non-profit. “Everyone at Baypath thanks you so much for opening your doors and hearts to help the cats and dogs at the shelter. We had another successful Pets Pictures with Santa this year - $1,095!  This certainly goes a long way in providing for the resident cats and dogs waiting for their new homes. From the bottom of my heart, I can't thank you enough for how much you have helped Baypath and other rescues/shelters over the years. You all are a wonderful group of people who continually give of yourselves to help the homeless animals.”