Shelter dogs get a home for Christmas Day - FOX 13 News

Shelter dogs get a home for Christmas Day

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Shelter dogs headed home for the holidays in Pinellas County.

Volunteers and staff cleared out the adoption kennel at Pinellas County Animal Services.

For two days, dogs stayed with foster families for a Christmas vacation.

Karen Altieri participated in the program.

"They pretty much said, there's Christmas. Do you want her?" said Altieri a volunteer. "We thought yes,

it'll be our Christmas."

Christmas, the dog, is a one-year-old pit bull mix. She arrived at Pinellas County Animal Services

before Thanksgiving.

"She was so timid when she first came. She was picked up from the street, so she was abandoned," Altieri

told Fox 13 News.

Christmas is one of more than a dozen dogs up for adoption participating in Operation:

Home for the Holidays. Shelter dogs depend on volunteers.

"When you're a dog at the shelter, you're basically in a kennel unless a volunteer comes

and takes you for a walk,"said Altieri."She has been loving the grass and our yard. It has just given

her an opportunity to relax."

Christmas returns to the shelter Thursday. She is still up for adoption.

Altieri said her wish is for Christmas to find a permanent home.

"Still kind of a puppy. I think I've lost one or two of my leather shoes while she has

been here...so that's our present to her," said Altieri."I hope that a loving family

will come and give her the home she deserves. It would be the best Christmas present

that I could ever have."

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