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Shelter Dogs Excitedly Choose Toys From Christmas Sleigh [Video]



  • The Best Friends Animal Society’s sanctuary has one of the best annual holiday traditions we’ve seen.
  • Each Christmas, about three dozen dogs get to pick a present from a “Santa Sleigh” filled with dog toys.
  • Their excited reactions are truly a must-watch!

Some would argue that the best thing about the holidays is the presents. Giving is a gift itself, and watching the recipients’ excited reactions makes it even better. For one animal sanctuary, they have made it an annual tradition to fill a “Santa Sleigh” with various gifts for their lovable residents.

The Best Friends Animal Society fills up a flatbed trailer fashioned as Santa’s sleigh with hundreds of dog toys, beds, and blankets every year ahead of Christmas.

Over three dozen dogs from their Kanab, Utah, sanctuary get to hop inside and choose their favorite as their present. And their reactions are truly a sight to see!

Some dogs are perfectly content to chill among the toys and receive some pets and scratches. Others calmly choose their present. But in the clip above, we can see an excited Beauty in a sea of toys. And her excitement is contagious!

According to Best Friends, the toys are usually donated.

After about three dozen dogs get their picks, the remaining toys will be distributed to the rest of the sanctuary residents, including other animals such as cats.

Shelter Dogs Excitedly Choose Toys From Christmas Sleigh
Photo Credit: Best Friends Animal Society

“This tradition at Best Friends is so much fun,” said chief sanctuary officer Judah Battista. “Seeing the dogs jump around and getting excited over their gifts is like seeing little kids on Christmas morning. And what we all get in return is a feeling of joy. Which is really what this time of year is all about.”

Here’s another clip from last year’s event. Cutest Charm can be seen here picking out a stuffed raccoon after wading around the sea of toys.


Answer @im_siowei it’s almost that time of year again and the dogs can’t wait. 🎁 #SaveThemAll #ShareTheMagic #animalsoftiktok #holidaycountdown ♬ Christmas Bells – StudioKolomna

Want more? You can watch the full 16-minute video below, which has a short introduction about the event and each dog that gets to choose their present.

Good morning and Merry Christmas! ???? We are LIVE from Dogtown, where Santa's sleigh has just arrived filled to the brim with toys for all of our canine friends! Each and every year, our caregivers surprise Sanctuary residents with a sleigh full of donated toys and treats. Tune in now to get a behind-the-scenes look at this heartwarming tradition and witness a bit of the Christmas morning magic! -amyPosted by Best Friends Animal Society on Saturday, December 25, 2021

For anyone interested in fostering or adopting their furry residents, you can check their site for more information.

Source: Daily Paws