It is with a whole lot of excitement I am writing to tell you our annual Christmas Open House will be in person for the first time in two years! We are all just beside ourselves.

We are going to deck the halls and anxiously welcome visitors for all kinds of holiday festivities on December 3 and 4 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the shelter on Letterkenny Road West in Chambersburg.

We’ve already emailed Santa (heh) and old Kris Kringle has agreed to stop by for photos. There’s a rumor he may even bring his wife along with him, so won’t that make for a fun few days?

All the pups and cats and rabbits and any other animal you may have are invited to partake in the picture opportunity. For a donation to the shelter, you can have your four-legged baby in a holiday photo with jolly old St. Nick and the Mrs.

The little kids love having Santa Claus here, too. I think he gets some Christmas wish lists when he’s here and that’s perfectly fine. Any opportunity to tell Santa what you’d like to see under that tree, I say you should take.

The pictures will be printed out from a digital camera and it’s so cute to see all the “kids,” both human and animal, on Santa’s lap.

We also have holiday cards to hang on our various Christmas trees for folks to honor loved ones, both two-legged and four-legged. I always love reading those.

We also will have yummy treats for humans so you can nibble on some goodies as you partake in the Christmas splendor.

One of the neatest aspects of this fundraiser is the staff gets to see the animals we have helped come back to visit. It’s a real morale boost for folks who work tirelessly throughout the year to save homeless pets. It’s nice to see the four-legged friends happy and well cared for.

It’s wonderful to recognize the role we played in getting them there.

No adoptions will be done during those two days – the event is always a mad house and it would be way too tough to try to go through the adoption process at the same time. However, applications will be taken, so if you visit and see a furbaby who melts your heart, you can get started on the paperwork.

We look for our open house to be our biggest fundraiser of the year, so now’s your chance to help make sure the animals in our kennels have a good holiday. We accept both monetary and pet supply donations both days (we have a Christmas wish list that we’re hoping to fill), so anything you could do to help would be great.

I know the holidays come up on us fast sometimes, and we have a whole bunch of stuff on our “to-do” lists, but for our animals at CVAS, it’s a time to find them homes so they’ll know the warmth and true spirit of the season.

Help us make sure this Christmas is a good one for them and mark your calendars to join us (in person! Yay!) for our open house on December 3 and 4 at the shelter on Letterkenny Road West. It’s gonna be a jolly good time!!

Jennifer Vanderau is the Publications and Promotions Consultant for the Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter and can be reached at [email protected] The shelter accepts both monetary and pet supply donations. For more information, call the shelter at 717-263-5791 or visit the website CVAS also operates a thrift store in Chambersburg. Help support the animals at the shelter by donating to or shopping at the store.

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