A DOG NAMED CHRISTMAS

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What a great idea.  A short novel called “A dog named Christmas” was written by Greg Kinkaid (the book can be found on amazon.com) about a developmentally challenged young man still living on his parents’ Kansas farm, hears that a local animal shelter is seeking temporary homes for its dogs during the days leading to Christmas, he knows exactly what he wants for the holidays. His father objects, but Todd’s persistence quickly wins out. Soon the McCrays are the short-term foster family for a lovable pooch the young man names Christmas.

But what about all the other dogs who will be forced to spend the Yuletide season in cages? In the days that follow, Todd uses his special gifts of persuasion to encourage his hometown to participate in the “Adopt a Dog for Christmas Program.” What follows from his small act of kindness will teach his family, and his community, about peace on earth and good will toward men—and animals.

Can you believe this story was written by a Lawyer, specializing in divorce? I can’t believe it either! At the end of the movie Mr. Kinkaid delivers a public announcement asking for people to reach out to their local shelters, and foster an animal for the holidays.  He was hoping to get maybe 100 shelters involved. The first day they received calls from 600 shelters. Many of the animals surrendered are given up for personal reasons, and not because they are undesirable.  The hope is that many of the foster parents will decide to keep them once they realize how completely awesome their fostered pet really is.

http://www.animalcenter.org/home4theholidays/shelter_map.aspx

Please link to the above for more information about shelters in your area participating in the Home for the Holidays program. It’s freakin awesome.

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