It’s the first of December and it’s getting cold, especially for the pets in shelters. No matter how much cherishing shelter workers give them (and let’s give thanks for shelter workers, that job must break hearts daily), these abandoned animals need forever homes. Until that day arrives, they also need food and blankets and toys, which is why December is Operation Santa Paws month. Give what you can to your local shelter, and while you’re giving, check out the clientele. The best gift you ever gave yourself may be right there, waiting for you.