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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Operation Santa Paws to benefit animal shelters

  • The third annual Operation Santa Paws to benefit local animal shelters is underway at the St. James Veterinary Medical Center.
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  • The third annual Operation Santa Paws to benefit local animal shelters is underway at the St. James Veterinary Medical Center.
    Through the program, donations are collected, and 100 percent of all proceeds will be distributed to Tri-County Humane Society, Rolla Animal Shelter, and new this year — the Cuba Animal Control.
    More than $700 was collected last year during the holiday season for Operation Santa Paws and there are high hopes to build upon that number this year, according to organizers.
    To accomplish this goal, the staff of St. James Veterinary Medical Center will hold an event in Rolla this Saturday, Dec. 14, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Rolla Animal Hospital, 1011 Stoltz Drive. The K-9 Academy Dog Training will be set up.
    Pictures with Santa for the family and/or pets, face painting (for $2) as well as drinks and snacks will be available for a nominal donation. All proceeds from this day’s event will go toward Operation Santa Paws.
    For people who cannot make it to this event but still want to contribute to Operation Santa Paws, there are two community drop boxes — at Country Mart in Rolla and at the St. James Veterinary Medical Center, 201 Matlock Drive.
    Some items that the animal shelters need that can be dropped off at any of the boxes include: dog/cat collars and leashes, blankets/throws, litter/litter pans, dog/cat treats, dog/cat toys, dog beds and cleaning supplies, such as sponges, Lysol wipes, Dawn dish soap, paper towels, garbage bags, bleach and hand soap.
    Donations will be collected until Friday, Dec. 20.
    Operation Santa Paws is done on a volunteer basis by the St. James Veterinary Medical Center staff.
    For any questions about how to help, contact Tracy or Alyce at St. James Veterinary Medical Center at 573-265-5525 or vetclinic@stjvmc.com.

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