Hardin County Animal Care and Control is promoting its fifth Howliday Gift Drive and Adoption Special.

It’s a promotion that not only helps animals at the facility find new homes but also gives back to children in the community.

“We do this each year as a good way to promote getting our pets into their new forever homes by the holidays and also because it’s important for us to give back to our community in some way,” said Maranda Dawson with Hardin County Animal Care and Control. “When we run an adoption special, it helps pull more people into the shelter to see the pets and hopefully find a new furry friend that they are ready to give a new home.”

This year the shelter is partnering with Benchmark Family Services, a foster care organization that helps children who have dealt with traumatic situations.

The organization is collecting toys for younger children and gift cards for older teens. Benchmark also is hoping for donations of board games and movies to help promote spending more time together. Coats, hoodies and gloves are being accepted by Benchmark during the holidays as well.

“We have such a wonderful community that supports us so strongly throughout the year, helping provide less fortunate kids with a better Christmas is just one small way for us to pay it forward,” she said, adding Benchmark has more than 70 children in its care.

Through Dec. 16, when someone brings a donation to the gift drive that is valued around $20 they can get half off the pet adoption fee. With that discount, adoption fees would be $30 for cats and $45 for dogs.

“Currently, our animal shelter has more than 110 animals in our care that are all waiting to meet their new families,” Dawson said.

All donated items must be new because of COVID-19 precautions.

Donations should be dropped off at Hardin County Animal Care and Control located at 220 Peterson Drive in Elizabethtown at the time of your pet adoption.

Even if you are not looking for a new pet, donations are welcome.

For more information, call 270-769-3428.

Becca Owsley can be reached at 270-505-1416 bowsley@thenewsenterprise.com.

Becca Owsley can be reached at 270-505-1416 bowsley@thenewsenterprise.com.

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