NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — We’ve all heard of holiday toy drives for children in need but today the Humane Society of New York will be holding a special event for homeless animals.
AnimalFair.com will be hosting the seventh annual dog toy drive at its holiday party to benefit the Humane Society.
“We’re all about promoting local animal rescue because people don’t realize the local shelters have no marketing or PR budgets so they don’t have any money to promote themselves especially during this time,” creator of the drive Wendy Diamond told 1010 WINS.
Aside from toys, people are also being asked to donate money to the Humane Society.
“People can bring their dogs. There’s dog treats, there’s people treats, there’s cocktails and there’s Santa,” Diamond said. “There is not an event in this world that is more fun and adoring than this event. People dress their dogs up as Santa and elves. It’s just a really fun time in New York City.”
Attendees will be able to get their photo taken with their pet and Santa.
The event will be held at the Mark Miller Gallery on the Lower East Side at 6 p.m. Monday. Some dogs will be available for adoption at the benefit.
“At the end of the day, every dog should have a new toy, especially the ones who are still left in the shelters and are not adopted,” Diamond said.
Meanwhile, the Humane Society said it is being attacked by a new group trying to starve it of funding by urging people to send money to their local shelters instead.
The agency says the Humane Society For Shelter Pets is funded by Agribusiness Interests which have long been at odds with the Humane Society over animal cruelty investigations.