Help Us help shelter animals have some joy this christmas!


The mission of Santa Paws Drive is to bring holiday cheer to shelter animals around the world. We know pets with homes are often showered with gifts and treats for Christmas, and we believe that shelter animals deserve a little holiday love, too!

Now in our sixth year, Santa Paws Drive started as the first-ever online Christmas toy drive dedicated to pets. The inspiration for our drive was "Toys 4 Tots" and other similar programs that collect donations and then distribute them to the needy – and we wanted to do the same for animals.

Our ultimate hope is that each of these dogs and cats finds a forever home, but if that doesn't happen, we want our furry friends to wake up on Christmas morning to gifts and toys and treats… and a little extra cash to help the shelters out. And so we created Santa Paws Drive, and set out to make it as simple as possible for everyone to be able to make a difference for shelter animals all around the world.

Santa Paws Drive is the dream of Dorian Wagner, founder of   YourDailyCute.com and the Cute Transport Network. She had the idea for the program, but no idea how to actually pull it off. She reached out from her home in Deerfield Beach, FL to several friends around the world with difference expertise to make it a reality. (See the Elves page for a little bit about each of them!)

Together, we are just a bunch of animal-lovers who are  dedicated to doing what we can to be the change for less-fortunate animals. We met online (and had never even met in person when Santa Paws Drive was launched last year!) and have all worked long hours in our free time to make this drive a reality.

In the past five years, Santa Paws Drive has raised more than $55,000 in toys, treats and donations for 30 shelters worldwide. It's been a huge success, and we were able to mail off huge gift packages and a check to each!

We like to focus on smaller groups who don't otherwise have much opportunity for funding. Each of the shelters chosen for Santa Paws Drive are non-profit, no-kill organizations who rely solely on donations to survive.

Up until now, to support Santa Paws Drive, you could choose to donate toys, treats or cash that we’d deliver to each chosen shelter. At the close of the drive, we’d divide up the donations equally, box them up and ship off huge holiday gift packages to each shelter in time for Christmas!

This holiday season, we want to make an even bigger difference and do things a little bit differently. Our amazing 2014 organizations work together to do something very special – they rescue homeless animals from high-kill shelters, and then transport them safely to partner no-kill rescues up North, who have the space and can find them homes quickly.

In the past two years alone, the groups Santa Paws Drive 2014 is benefiting – along with their wonderful network of more than 800 volunteer drivers and fosters! -- have worked together to save more than 350 cats and several dogs from kill shelters!

They were shocked to learn that some areas up North actually have waiting lists to adopt kittens, while entire litters of adorable babies are euthanized every day in the South. So they essentially “shuffle” animals to where there is greater need and hope – and forever homes! This saves not only the animals they transport, but also opens up space and buys time for the others still in the shelter.

In the past two years alone, the groups Santa Paws Drive 2014 is benefiting – along with their wonderful network of more than 800 volunteer drivers and fosters! -- have worked together to save more than 350 cats and several dogs from kill shelters!

The ultimate goal is of Santa Paws Drive this year is not only to provide toys and cheer to shelter animals – but to make it possible to give them the ultimate joy… a forever home.

And so the donations we are collecting are everything needed to save more animals and make these transports possible. You can donate to save one shelter cat or even a whole family! Or you can donate a carrier for them to ride in, toys and supplies for the ride, or sponsor a spay/neuter surgery. The more we raise, the more lives we can save!

We want to put a smile on as many furry faces as possible. We want to make their days a little brighter, to  shower shelter animals with love and gifts at a time when they might otherwise be forgotten and, well, we want them to have the special Christmas they deserve.

Every animal should get extra love and kindness, whether they have a home or not. We hope you'll help support our dream to make their dreams come true!

Donate to help shelter animals today!!

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