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Watch: Shelter dogs choose their very own Xmas toys out of hundreds of donations

A black Lab inspects toys donated dog-happy
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Workers for Dogs Trust, Ireland, admit they are blown away by the generosity of supporters far and wide. Donated Christmas gifts were unwrapped early to the delight of residents.

By Nick Whittle

Published on the 23/12/2020, 21:00

Shelter dogs at the Finglas rehoming centre, Dublin were given their presents early this year. Residents of the Dogs Trust shelter were filmed as they burst into a room containing the hundreds of gifts donated by well-meaning supporters of the work of the shelter.

Staff and volunteers laid out each gift prior to the arrival of the excited canines and then stood back as the dogs rushed in to find their favourite toy.

Santa Paws Day

Yesterday is traditionally the date on which shelter workers hand over the donated gifts. Unofficially, it is called Santa Paws day. The sole purpose of Santa Paws day is, of course, to be happy, but more importantly to ensure the dogs that are kept at the shelter are happy.

This year, the moment was filmed, and the video has gone viral.

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Blown Away

Speaking to The Sun, Dogs Trust spokeswoman Corina Fitzsimons said she was "blown away" by the number of toys and treats donated this year.

She added: “Every year, Dogs Trust is blown away by their supporters donating toys at Christmas for the dogs in their care, especially this year and all the hardship it has brought so many people.

"We hope watching the dogs pick their own present puts a much-deserved smile on your face."

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