Heart Tree celebrations benefits HOC

Delhi — Move your name from the “Naughty” to “Nice” list this year. Come support the homeless dogs and cats of the Catskills Region by attending the Holiday for the Heart Tree Celebration on Saturday, Dec. 1.

Now celebrating its eighth year at the Delaware County Historical Association (DCHA), Holiday for the Heart raises money and awareness for the 275 plus cats and dogs currently waiting for their forever homes while under the care of the Heart of the Catskills Humane Society (HCHS).
“Holiday for the Heart celebrates the joys of pet ownership and their role in the family,” says Deb Crute, director of shelter operations at HCHS. “Each year, we recognize we have a lot to be thankful for: wonderful pets, others waiting for adoption, and the chance to gather around a great cause, the little shelter with a big heart.”

At Holiday for the Heart, volunteers set up 30 beautifully decorated trees and wreaths on November 24 and 25 in preparation for the week-long preview at DCHA’s Norris Gallery, The gallery preview of trees runs Monday through Friday, Nov. 26 to 30, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Holiday for the Heart, and the tree raffle, is held Saturday, Dec. 1 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. “If you can’t make it Saturday, we hope you’ll join us for the tree preview week,” says Crute. “You can purchase a raffle ticket during the week and you don’t need to be present to win one of these lovely trees. But we hope you do join us on Saturday for the festivities.”

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Holiday for the Heart features live holiday music by Delaware Dulcimores at 11 a.m., Delaware Academy Strings at noon, Country Express at 1 p.m. and Mike Herman, So-Lo at 2 p.m. In between music sets, visitors can check out 30 originally themed holiday trees.
Holiday for the Heart is one of the animal shelter’s four major annual events that raise money for the daily care of the shelter dogs and cats. “It costs roughly $1,300 per day to cover the costs of pet vaccines and medicines, spay and neuter, supply food, and keep a warm and safe roof over their furry heads until they’re adopted,” says Crute.

Along with the live music, Holiday for the Heart also features a bake sale, holiday gift shop, adopt-a-shelter-animal stockings, and the event’s highlight: the tree raffle at 3 p.m. Admission is a suggested $5 donation and includes one tree raffle ticket; children can attend for are free. Additional raffle tickets can be purchased for $5 each.

Can’t make the event this year? The Heart of the Catskills Humane Society accepts Wish List items, cash donations and special project support year-round. Consider adding HCHS to your year-end gift-giving; send your check to PO Box 88, Delhi, NY 13753 or give online at: .heartofthecatskills.org.