One of my favorite holiday traditions is watching A Charlie Brown Christmas. My favorite character is Snoopy, but I am also partial to Pigpen. In the special, originally aired 50 years ago, Charlie Brown laments the commercialization of Christmas and searches for the true meaning of the holiday. Back at the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe shelter, 11 new puppies are looking for homes in time for Christmas. These puppies: Peppermint Patty, Franklin, Marcie, Violet, Linus, Schroeder, Woodstock, Lucy, Charlie Brown, and Snoopy, got a very special early Christmas package.

Package may have been a poor choice of words. Let’s call it a present.

With Dr. Mike Ryan serving as Santa Claus and shelter volunteers and staff as elves, all 11 members of the Peanuts gang were spayed or neutered. One by one they went from prep to surgery to recovery. Lucy woke up ready to play. And while we thought Franklin was really mellow, he was just under anesthesia.


These puppies will go fast but there are still some members of the gang looking for a home. Make your Christmas A Charlie Brown Christmas by taking home one of these characters today.

I’ll tell you who is not looking for a home this winter, a record 52 animals that were adopted in October, but November was not far behind with a total of 50 adoptions. December is looking pretty good too, starting with a one-day record of eight adoptions. Look for more adoption records to be broken in the future.

The only problem with all these adoptions is that many of my friends are gone. We thought Snapple the cat was quite refreshing and she was adopted fast. The truth is out there and Scully and Mulder will now be searching for it in their new homes. For the country music lover, Willie and Nelson were both adopted during our record month. And if pet overpopulation really bugs you, be happy that Grasshopper, Lady Bug, and June Bug are all in new homes this winter.

If you can’t bring home a new friend this holiday season, you can still help a homeless pet. Each dog or cat at the shelter has a holiday wish list. Pick up some items from their list and drop them off at the shelter to brighten a dog or cat’s holiday season. Help out a homeless pet this Christmas. That’s what the season is all about. I think Charlie Brown would approve.

There are a lot of small dogs, cats, and puppies at the shelter now. For more information, visit

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