One-Stop Christmas Shop helps pets find forever homes
By WVUA 23 News Student Reporter Asher Redd
For almost two decades, the One-Stop Christmas Shop has been supporting local vendors with a portion of the proceeds going to the Tuscaloosa Metro Animal Shelter.
The event, in its 19th year, has harnessed a simple meaning since its conception, with the animal shelter being the centerpiece of the event every year.
“Some people are a little hesitant to go to the shelters. It just might make them sad. But this way they can come out and see some wonderful adoptable animals. It helps shine a light on their needs as well,” said Suzanne Dabbs, a co-host of the event.
Dabbs said the animal shelter’s mobile unit is a powerful tool for community outreach.
“She is just a big rescue animal lover at heart, and I am as well. So we have always done our own rescue things. So when we see situations come up, we want to help out as much as we can,” Dabbs said.
A group of animals appeared at the event via the Tuscaloosa Metro Animal Shelter’s mobile shelter vehicle.
“It benefits the animal shelter in so many different ways, but you can see the traffic alone flowing through. It’s just wonderful,” said TMAS Executive Director Jennifer Earp.
People were able to walk into the mobile unit to meet the animals and walk them outside of their crates.
“Outreach is just as important as one adoption or two adoptions. When you get your information out there, word of mouth then becomes your other best form of marketing,” Earp said.