Santa Dog has joined forces with the Salt Lake City Animal Shelter to provide special gifts to qualified senior citizens during December.

Many people suffer loneliness during the holidays, and a pet can brighten lives. Unfortunately, many senior citizens living on fixed incomes cannot afford the cost and upkeep of a "four-legged friend."So a number of groups, including Smith's Food and Drug, Delta Air Lines employees, Pet Warehouse, Temple Streets Veterinary Hospital, Town and Country Veterinary Hospital, Wasatch Springs Animal Hospital, Cottonwood Animal Hospital, and Citizens Animal Management and Protection Society have banded together to provide gifts and services to low-income seniors during December.

Senior citizens with pets will receive pet food, and a bag of food will be included with each animal adoption.

Area veterinarians will provide for free the first series of inoculations and spay or neuter service for pets adopted in December. Pet food will be delivered to homebound pet owners.

Senior citizens who don't have transportation will receive a ride to the animal shelter or the veterinarian by volunteers from Delta Air Lines.

A fund is being established to pay adoption and license fees for qualifying senior citizens. A leash, collar and identification tag will be provided as part of the adoption process.

For more information, call Frank Crowe or Lou Lynes at 596-5070.