Locals Launch Effort to Warm Holidays for Shelter Animals

Gretchen Knudsen and Trisha Gossett are gathering blankets for pets at North Central Animal Shelter.

A pair of local volunteers are organizing an effort to warm up the holidays for the lost or abandoned pets living at North Central Animal Shelter in Cypress Park.

Trisha Gossett and Gretchen Knudsen are hoping to gather as many blankets as possible to donate to the shelter, because many of the pets living there are currently sleeping on cold cement floors.

The effort was inspired by a trip Knudsen took to the shelter this week, when she came across several dogs shivering from the winter cold.

Knudsen said that by providing the pets with blankets, volunteers would not only be warming up their holidays, but helping to make them happier, more relaxed and, ultimately, more adoptable animals.

Gossett, a former member of the Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council, has enlisted North Figueroa Animal Hospital, Highland Park Animal Hospital and the Carlin G. Recreation Center to serve as collection locations. (Note that donations brought to the North Figueroa Animal Hospital on Satuday must be dropped off before its closing time at noon.)

Knudsen and Gossett said they would drop off the blankets. 

As of Friday morning, a volunteer was still needed to gather large boxes for collecting the blankets and to drop one off at each location.

Update: Knudsen said she had gathered the boxes and Gossett would be dropping them off later in the afternoon on Friday. She said anyone wishing to drop off blankets was welcome to do so immediately.

Update: Gossett said one round of blankets--pictured above--has been dropped off at the shelter.

ChickenBoyFan December 21, 2012 at 11:37 PM
It looks like the donation boxes made it to the following locations: Fire station on Figueroa/60 Carlin G Smith Rec Center, on Mt Washington North Figueroa Animal Hospital Highland Park Animal Hospital Thanks to Gretchen and Trish. Way to show up for our furry friends in need.
El Cid December 22, 2012 at 06:40 AM
I donated! Thanks Trish and Gretchen for looking after our furry friends in need.
carol van beek December 22, 2012 at 08:32 AM
Super! Just hauled a couple of old blankets out if a closet this evening. I was thinking about who to call that might be going there. And here the answer drops in my lap, so to speak. Will bring them to a donation box close to home. Thank you for doing this!
Becky S December 22, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Do you take bath towels for the animals in the shelter?
Peter Bedard December 22, 2012 at 03:00 PM
These two ladies are awesome!
Punk Attitude December 22, 2012 at 06:34 PM
You St. Francis girls. Great great great!
GK December 24, 2012 at 01:30 AM
Many thanks to all who have donated or plan to donate!
Mitzi December 24, 2012 at 11:48 AM
Great job ladies! So nice to see someone doing something like this. It makes me sad every time I go to that shelter and see those poor little angels. Glad someone is doing something nice for them! Is this an on-going effort? If I am out of town but coming back for New Year's, can I still donate? Or should I take towels and blankets directly to the animal shelter?
The MOG December 25, 2012 at 12:32 AM
While I'm pleased that our furry friends, as some put it; animals, is what they are, will be kept warm by GK & Trish's efforts, it troubles me that people respond with such gusto, & this article with 10 comments, and the Patch article about Rebecca Prine's work in trying to provide warmth and food to fellow human beings only gets 4 comments... Something wrong with that picture.
ChickenBoyFan December 26, 2012 at 06:06 PM
Daily pick ups from these locations will resume today, according to Gretchen. Please feel free to also take donations directly to the shelter at Lacy St. From Figueroa St, heading south: Turn left on Ave 26. Cross under the 110. Lacy St is just past the underpass. Take a left. You will see the shelter on the left. Many thanks to all
ChickenBoyFan December 28, 2012 at 09:14 PM
The extreme cold at night has reminded me to listen for barking from dogs left outside. It is humane to report animals left outside, if they have no shelter. The owner must provide shelter for the animal. It is the law. Please kindly ask your friends and neighbors to bring their animals in at night. It is the humane thing to do, especially if they are small, or shorthaired breeds. Out of the Closet has just donated some blankets and towels for the shelter animals. There are still daily pickups from the Highland Park Animal Hospital, the Fire Station on Figueroa/Ave 60,and Carlin G Smith Rec. Center. North Fig. Animal is closed until after the holidays. The shelter is appreciative for the donations.
David Fonseca (Editor) December 28, 2012 at 11:35 PM
According to Trisha Gossett, two new bundles of blankets were donated to the shelter by St. Vincent De Paul.
Rebecca Prine December 30, 2012 at 07:55 PM
Hey guys, Let me know if you can use extra blankets (some that we have we cant use) and also bath towels. We had many donated during our cold weather homeless drive in Eagle Rock a couple of weeks ago. Email me and let me know if we can help you out at all. Also I have about 200 emergency blankets, the wooly thick kind, and can spare some of those as well. Let me know. Thanks, Rebecca info@recycledresources.org
Tina Gulotta-Miller January 02, 2013 at 06:31 PM
Thanks to Trish Gossett and Gretchen Knudsen for taking action on behalf of the animals. They should be commended.
GK January 10, 2013 at 05:05 AM
Kudos to Trish!


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