Library sets up Christmas tree to help out shelter

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A Christmas tree is set up Tuesday at the Emily Fowler Central Library to benefit the Denton Animal Shelter in Denton. The tree is there to encourage people to donate pet supplies.

The Emily Fowler Central Library has a Christmas tree for the animals in the Denton Animal Shelter.

The library is asking people to donate clay cat litter, cat beds, kitten food (no red dye), dog food, cat food, washable throws for bedding, pet toys, bleach and Dawn dish detergent. People can put the items under the tree in the library unwrapped and the donations will be given to the Denton Animal Shelter, located at 300 Woodrow Lane.

“We’ve had little kids bring up wrapped gifts,” said Terri Gibbs, interim library director.

The idea came four years ago when the library staff asked the Friends of the Denton Public Libraries to provide a Christmas tree, she said.

“We thought we’d make it more meaningful,” she said.

The goal is also to raise awareness for the animal shelter, Gibbs said.

The tree is adorned with pictures of the animals that are available for adoption this month, Gibbs said. The tree was put up after Thanksgiving and will remain up at the library until New Year’s Day.

“We wanted to do it this year because of the new animal shelter,” Gibbs said.

Denton is building a 16,000-square-foot facility with 117 kennels for cats and 115 kennels for dogs.

The library, located at 502 Oakland St., is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and from 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. The library will be closed Dec. 23 through Dec. 25 for Christmas.

“All those competing charities are worthy,” Gibbs said. “But the animals are worthy, too.”

RACHEL MEHLHAFF can be reached at 940-566-6889. Her e-mail address is .

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