The University of New Mexico's Staff Council Work + Life Committee is again supporting the Animal Humane Association of New Mexico by holding a 4th annual "Happy Tails Drive for Homeless Pets," through 12 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 12.

Animal Humane is asking for canned dog and cat food, blankets, towels, kitty litter and baby socks for post-surgery patients. A complete wish list, donation sites and more information can be found at Staff Council.

"Research shows that owning a pet helps people lead healthier lives reducing stress and encouraging exercise," said Kathy Meadows, UNM staff. "Unfortunately, a growing number of pet owners are surrendering their animals to agencies due to the economic downturn. Not everyone is able to adopt, but our committee is providing a way to donate to shelters to ensure homeless animals are cared for and to fill an unmet need this holiday season."

For information, call the Staff Council Office, 277-1532 or e-mail scouncil@unm.edu.