Santa Paws Is Coming: ‘Christmutts’ Toy Drive Brings Some Vacation Cheer to Chained Canines


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December 12, 2023

Brittney Williams 202-483-7382

Norfolk, Va. – To make the vacations merrier for native canines this December, PETA’s elves can be gathering and distributing toys to uncared for canines who’re stored chained or penned outside 24/7 and know little consolation and pleasure—and compassionate individuals in every single place can assist by donating on-line or dropping toys off at collaborating companies all through Hampton Roads.

PETA fieldworker with dog holding toy champagne bottle

White dog named Brassy with chew toy

Ivy (prime) and Brassy (backside) with donated toys from PETA. Pictures: PETA

“Canines stored outside are disadvantaged of all of the issues they want for a cheerful, wholesome life, together with psychological and bodily stimulation, however a toy to play with can assist brighten a lonely, bored, and annoyed canine’s day,” says PETA Vice President Emily Allen. “PETA encourages the group to affix us and be an angel for chained canines this winter by donating to our ‘Christmutts’ toy drive and to at all times preserve their companion animals indoors with them, the place they belong.”

Each day, PETA’s fieldworkers go to canines throughout southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina who’re chained or penned exterior in all climate extremes, confined to the identical few toes of house day in and time out. PETA supplies recent meals, clear water, sturdy doghouses lined with straw, flea therapy, affection, and playtime—typically the one interplay these canines obtain.

Canine toys and treats will be donated utilizing this Amazon hyperlink. Hampton Roads residents may also drop off toys via the vacations at any of those places:

  • Boutique on the Creek (21088 Marina Rd., Ste. 100, Carrollton)
  • CLTRE (208 E. Foremost St., Norfolk)
  • Elation Brewing (5104 Colley Ave., Norfolk)
  • Ghent Veterinary Hospital (939 W. 21st, Norfolk)
  • Kahiau’s Bakery & Cafe (3712 S. Plaza Trl., Virginia Seaside)
  • Muddy Paws (3700 Hampton Blvd., Norfolk)
  • My Vegan Candy Tooth (3916 Virginia Seaside Blvd., Virginia Seaside)
  • Nail 911 (1827 E. Little Creek Rd., Norfolk)
  • Naro Expanded Cinema (1507 Colley Ave., Norfolk)
  • Salty Paws (2104 Pleasure Home Rd., Ste. F, Virginia Seaside)
  • Zeke’s (800 Granby St., Norfolk; 616 Norfolk Ave., Virginia Seaside; and 517 Kempsville Rd. Ste. E, Chesapeake)

PETA—whose motto reads, partially, that “animals aren’t ours to abuse in any method”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For extra data, please go to, hearken to The PETA Podcast, or observe the group on X (previously Twitter), Fb, or Instagram.


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