Winter is a season when dogs particularly need a helping hand, especially those available for adoption through Senior Dogs 4 Seniors.
"We get a lot of dogs in in the winter time," said Joann Joann Kuehl, event coordinator for Senior Dogs 4 Seniors. "Vet bills are often higher than what we're charging as a donation fee, so donations are really important for us."
In order to help foster dogs, the St. Louis nonprofit has been holding its "Because Dogs Get Cold Too" campaign that culminates Saturday with a fundraiser and supply drive and movie night at Clean Cut Creations in Webster Groves.
Volunteers have been busy making blankets for dogs that can be purchased by residents. Money raised from sales goes toward veterinary bills. Some residents buy the blankets and donate them back to Senior Dogs 4 Seniors to keep foster dogs warm. Blankets go with the dogs when they are adopted.
"In the winter time, dogs get really get cold, especially dogs that stay home during the day in a crate that might have plastic or wire at the bottom," Kuehl said. "A blanket helps keep them warm. If you want a blanket or something soft and warm to sit on, they probably do too."
Saturday's fundraising event features a holiday movie, silent auction, snacks and gifts for sale like blankets and handmade vests for dogs. Activities kick off at 4 p.m. The event is hosted by Clean Cut Creations. The St. Louis Science Center and Rio Syrup have donated items for the silent auction.