BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset County Library System of New Jersey is collecting donations for the Somerset Regional Animal Shelter for the 20th year.

Last year, staff and patrons donated more than 1,000 pounds of food, pet goods and other supplies to the shelter.

"Our staff and patrons truly take the library's mission to heart, where it says that we partner with you 'to connect, to explore, to share and to discover,'" Brian Auger, county library administrator, said in a release. "I am deeply honored to work with so generous a staff and such a giving community. We look forward to working with our neighbors and friends in this our 20th year of coordinating opportunities, to share with those in our community whose needs are greater than our own."

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Every year, according to the release, the animal shelter takes in about 1,000 orphaned animals, including cats, dogs and more. The shelter is working to provide them with a forever home, as well as provide services.

The shelter is in need of a number of items, including:

  • Dog, cat and kitten food (canned and dry)
  • Dog and cat toys
  • Clay cat litter
  • Dog leashes
  • Martingale training dog collars
  • Pet carriers
  • Paper towels
  • Bleach
  • High efficiency laundry detergent
  • Gift cards for any pet or grocery store
  • Postage stamps
  • Copy paper
  • File folders/pendaflex
  • Pens, pencils and highlighters
  • No. 10 self-seal envelope

All donated items must be new, and gift cards should be left with a library staff member at the circulation desk.

Donations will be accepted until Dec. 13 at all 10 library branches. For questions, contact Edith Lit at elit@sclibnj.org.