Cocoa, crafts and caroling at the kennels kennels with AFV’s Howliday Open House

Lisa Castle, humane educator and pet recovery specialist with Animal Friends of the Valleys, shows some holiday love to one of the shelter’s adoptable dogs. Courtesy photo

WILDOMAR – Deck the hall with bows on collies! Animal Friends of the Valleys will host their first “Howliday Open House” Wednesday, Dec. 18, from 3-7 p.m. This free, fun-filled family event will feature a variety of child-friendly activities including cocoa with a kitty, caroling at the kennels, reading to rescues and a “Name a Shelter Pet” contest. The shelter will offer photo opportunities with their mascot Rascal and a special holiday keepsake craft activity.

“The holidays are a perfect time to spend some time with our shelter cats and dogs,” Monica Wylie, executive director for Animal Friends of the Valleys, said. “Pets need socialization and human interaction to develop physically and emotionally. Reading and singing to the animals is a great way to celebrate the season while giving back.”

Open house participants will also have an opportunity to support AFV by bringing a stocking stuffer for a shelter animal or by selecting an ornament with a need from their Christmas Giving Tree. To preview the shelter’s complete holiday wish list, visit In addition, AFV will be offering $25 cat adoptions and dog adoptions starting at $25 for seniors, chihuahuas and pit bulls throughout the entire event.

“There is no greater gift for homeless animals than to open your heart and home to them,” Wylie said. “But for those who are unable to adopt, there are so many ways to pay it forward during the holidays.”

Animal Friends of the Valleys is the sole animal shelter serving the six cities of Canyon Lake, Lake Elsinore, Menifee, Murrieta, Temecula and Wildomar. As a nonprofit organization, AFV depends on donations to support their mission: ending pet overpopulation and finding forever loving homes for all adoptable pets in their care.

Animal Friends of the Valleys is located at 33751 Mission Trail in Wildomar. For more information about the Howliday Open House, visit

Submitted by Animal Friends of the Valleys.