In the true spirit of Christmas, actor and animal activist Leo Grillo, delivers love and hope to unwanted animals abandoned in the Los Angeles area. The sanctuary he founded in 1979, D.E.L.T.A. Rescue, is home to more than 1500 animals that have been found in the wilderness, and this year every single one of them will receive a Christmas stocking filled with goodies.
“For some of our animals, it’s their first Christmas with us and our chance to spoil them a little,” said Grillo. “But sadly for the old and terminally ill, it’s their last holiday with us, so I want to give them more than the basics.”
Grillo has ordered 1500 stockings so that no animal gets left out, but at a cost of $8.35 each it’s going to make a big dent in the budget of an organization that receives no government funding. In spite of this, Grillo says the giving of stockings is worth it when you see the reaction from the animals.
“You should see them,” says Grillo. “Each dog knows which stocking is his. For a week after Christmas Day, he’ll stand there at the entrance to his yard looking up at his stoking, wagging his tail and waiting for a treat from it. The joy is their eyes is reminiscent of the happiness we felt as little children, when our parents filled our stockings with many of our favorite things on Christmas morning.”
The stockings for the dogs are crammed full of chew toys, pretzels and rawhide sticks and treats are given from them twice daily until they are empty.
“I’m so glad we can do this one extra thing for them, especially for the ones who are spending their last Christmas with us this year,” said Grillo. “You can see a spark of excitement in their eyes. They know what’s going on. They know they are loved.”
If you would like to sponsor a Christmas Love Stocking for one of the D.E.L.T.A. animals, please contact them at http://deltarescue.org or send a donation to D.E.L.T.A. Rescue, P.O. Box 9, Glendale, CA 91209.
D.E.L.T.A. (which stands for Dedication and Everlasting Love to Animals), is a 94 acre non-profit organization whose residents have all been personally rescued by Grillo from the desert. The sanctuary is a no-kill, care for life organization, and relies solely on donations.
Photo Credit: D.E.L.T.A. Rescue