Paws by Claus: Santa delivers for animal shelter

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Posted: Dec 25, 2014 6:20 PM
Paws by Claus: Santa delivers for animal shelter

MADISON, N.J. (AP) — Santa Claus went to work on Christmas Day for an animal shelter.

Santa delivered dogs and cats as presents for the St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center in Madison, reported (

Shelter staffer Melissa Morgan donned the costume to deliver pets adopted this week by parents to doubly surprised children in the area. She took a box to the door of the Crescenzi family in Union, and 4-year-old Angelo ripped the wrapping paper off to reveal a black kitten inside.

"The only thing you have to do is love him forever," Morgan told him. "Can you do that?"

"Yeah!" yelled Angelo's 2-year-old brother, Giovanni.

The animal shelter said it permits adoptions only after one-on-one counseling with families to make sure they understand the responsibilities and can offer safe environments.

"This is a time of great warmth and family bonding," shelter CEO Heather Camissa said. "Why not add this extra bit of special?"