BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- Staff at the Bangor Humane Society are hoping people will pitch in to ensure pets at the shelter have a happy holiday.
The humane society has set up a wish tree in its front lobby. On the tree are many tags listing items that the shelter needs. They include toys for cats and dogs as well treats and kitty litter.
People can pick up a tag at the shelter, purchase the item on it and then bring that item back the shelter. Staff at the humane society say they're also looking for monetary donations.
This past year the shelter participated in the 'A.S.P.C.A. $100 K Rachael Ray Challenge.' Many pets were adopted but the shelter did not win the competition. Staff at the humane society say a lot of money and supplies were invested into the campaign and they are hoping the community will be generous this year.
"We always have an ongoing wish list and this is a way to take our wish list and make it a little more interactive," said Stacey Coventry, who is the spokesperson for the shelter, "put it on the tree. You can take an ornament go to the store and pick up whatever that item is...whether it's a bag of cat litter, dog toys, dog treats, cat toys...blankets whatever we might be in need of and then you bring it back and put it under the tree."
By participating in the grant challenge, the humane society saved the lives of more than 1,200 animals from the months of August through October of 2012.