Blanket/Food Drive, Photos With Santa at Humane Society on Dec. 8

During the month of December, the Putnam Humane Society in Carmel is holding a blanket and food drive for their cats and dogs. The preferred foods on PHS wishlist are Pro Plan Dry Shredded Chicken Blend for dogs, Pro Plan Dry Chicken and Rice for cats, and Friskies canned cat food. Treats, toys, rawhide and peanut butter are also on the list. Blankets, comforters and towels are especially needed in the winter. Drop off donations at the Butterfield Library (10 Morris Ave., Cold Spring) or the Desmond-Fish Library (472 Rt.

Children’s Book Launch Benefits Cat Shelter

When Native New Yorker Helene Sola, a registered nurse, clinical nursing instructor, and animal lover, adopted her cat, Rexxaroo, from a shelter, she was struck by how loving he was. Over time, the idea came to Sola that using her own cat’s experience for a children’s book would be a wonderful tribute to shelter cats. Loo Loo and the Fabulous Marvelous Rexxaroo, Sola’s first children’s book, will launch on Dec. 6 from 7 – 9:30 p.m. at The Living Room, 103 Main St. in Cold Spring.