A Facebook video of more than 50 dogs at the Richland County Dog Shelter enjoying a special Thanksgiving Day meal has gone viral with well over a million hits.
Dog Warden Missy Houghton said 54 dogs were fed turkey, green beans, sweet potatoes and pureed pumpkin, courtesy of the Barker family who had called ahead and offered to provide the Thanksgiving Day feast for the canines.
Houghton said this was the second year the Thanksgiving feast was provided to dogs at the shelter.
"A staff member made the video of everyone enjoying the meal," she said Friday. "It was over 2.5 million views the last I looked."
Houghton said another donor has offered to provide the dogs with Christmas meals at the shelter at 810 N. Home Road.
Praise for the dog shelter
She said she wants the community to know the dog shelter is made as pleasant as it can be.
"We always want to share our dogs in a good light. A lot of people view the dog warden's office as negative, but it's not," Houghton said.
"For me, it should be a temporary stop (for the dogs)," she said. "I love it when people reach out because budget restraints are everywhere."
Holiday event designed to benefit the shelter
Houghton said she is grateful for each and every person who reaches out to help the county agency.
She said the dogs ate their turkey and fixings quickly and while they didn't know it was Thanksgiving, they were very excited.
The shelter is hosting a special holiday event for dogs and their owners. Houghton said the public is invited to bring their dogs from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday to the dog shelter to get a photo with Santa. Cost is $15 and proceeds benefit the shelter.
The dog shelter at this time will be accepting dog treats or sturdy dog toys at each of the dogs' kennels.
"And it's a great time to see the dogs here," she said.
For more information on ways to help the dogs, Houghton can be reached at 419-774-5892.
This article originally appeared on Mansfield News Journal: Richland County Dog Shelter Thanksgiving meal video goes viral