Play 'Santa Paws' with Animal Angel Tree

By: City of Tallahassee News Release
By: City of Tallahassee News Release

In the spirit of giving, the Tallahassee-Leon Community Animal Service Center (ASC) is once again encouraging animal lovers to play Santa Paws by donating items through its annual Animal Angel Tree.

The Animal Angel Tree is on display at the Animal Service Center and Good Friends Group Fitness. Donations will benefit various Animal Shelter Foundation (ASF) programs and ASC needs such formula for puppies and kittens as well as canned food, leashes, collars, carriers and toys! The ASF is a 501c3 organization, and all donations are tax deductible.

The tree has been decorated with four-legged ornaments and paw-shaped cards providing information about needy dogs and cats and sought after shelter supplies. Customers are invited to select an ornament and donate money toward gifts or to fund animal handling supplies and surgical procedures/supplies to aid the 300+ animals housed at the ASC.

Some of the Animal Angel Tree items include:

Dog and Cat Spays/Neuters, $50 and $25, respectively
Dog bed for the UTOPIA dogs in prison, $10 each
Dog treats for UTOPIA & HART programs, $2
Kitten/Puppy Formula, $25 each
Dog heartworm treatment sponsor $100
Flea Prevention for 1 month for 1 animal, $10
Kong Dog Toys, $5

Last year, the Animal Angel Tree raised over $5000 toward items on the tree. This year, the ASC hopes to exceed that amount.

During the holiday season, many in our community also decide to give back to the ASC through Wish List donations. Some of the items needed this year include:

gently used and new bath towels,
new blankets,
bags of dog food (20-40 lb bags) and
used ink cartridges to recycle for cash.
Thanks to recent generous donations and current Animal Angel Tree gifts coming in, the ASC is not in need of shredded paper, canned foods, sheets or medicine bottles.

Traditionally, fewer animals find homes around this time of year, and many shelters, including ours, fill to capacity. If you’re considering adding a furry friend to your family this holiday season, swing by the ASC. Dog, cat, guinea pig or ferret; young or old; brown, golden, spotted or striped, all ASC pets have a lot of love to give and look extra cute with a bow. What a present that would be under the tree!

The ASC is operated and maintained by the City’s Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Affairs Department. For more information, including how to find out about pets available for adoption, please visit the City’s website at You can also get information by liking the ASC’s official Facebook page at

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