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One Minnesota pet sitter went above and beyond to help homeless animals this holiday season!

If you're looking for a feel-good story this holiday season, here's one that just happened in Rochester. It's the story of a beloved pet sitter who, on a whim, decided to launch an effort to help homeless animals this holiday season. And totally knocked it out of the park!

A big shout-out to Sarah Quincey, a Rochester resident and pet sitter who runs Cat's Meow Cat Sitting. (Full disclosure: we've been lucky enough to have Sarah look after our three cats whenever we've been out of town for the past 8 years-- she's amazing!)

Sarah just orchestrated a big effort to provide holiday goodie bags filled with treats and toys for homeless dogs and cats at Rochester's Paws and Claws Humane Society and the Rochester-based pet rescue, Camp Companion.

And she did it in a big way, too! Last weekend, Sarah and her mom put together 550 goodie bags and stockings filled with treats and toys and dropped them off for area dogs and cats waiting for their forever homes this holiday season! 550... wow!

Just a few of the boxes of donated treats and toys! (Cat's Meow Cat Sitting)
Just a few of the boxes of donated treats and toys (Cat's Meow Cat Sitting)
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Sarah said she first got the idea when she was assembling pet gift bags for her clients and a friend, who's a volunteer at Camp Companion, asked if she had any extra bags she could give to pet fosters for homeless animals they're temporarily caring for.

Sarah put out the call on her Cat's Meow Cat Sitting Facebook page, where her clients and friends then proceeded to donate $2,500 worth of pet treats and toys for the animals in need!

Sarah and her mom recently spent over 8 hours last weekend putting together those 450 kitty goodie bags and 100 doggie stockings and delivering them to Paws and Claws and Camp Companion.

More of the pet treat and toys be assembled into pet gift bags (Cat's Meow Cat Sitting)
More of the pet treat and toys be assembled into pet gift bags (Cat's Meow Cat Sitting)
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Sarah said she was amazed at how quickly people donated to her effort, and that she's already planning to make it bigger next year. Being a big animal lover (my wife and I share our house with the two dogs and three cats we adopted from area shelters and rescues) I can't think of a better way to try to make the holidays a little better for those animals still waiting to be adopted!

Way to go, Sarah! And keep scrolling to check out some facts about those four-legged furry creatures many of us love so much!

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