The Uni­ver­sity of New Mexico Staff Council Employee Life Committee collaborates again with the Ani­mal Humane Asso­ci­a­tion of New Mex­ico on the 5th annual "Happy Tails Drive for Home­less Pets," running Monday, Nov. 26 through Monday, Dec.10.

"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."

A variety of items are needed this year such as peanut butter, distilled water, towels, unscented bleach and large paper grocery bags. A com­plete list is available at "Wish List."

When you are out shopping this Thanksgiving weekend, please don't forget about the homeless animals in the shelters awaiting adoption.

To find a donation site near you, visit the Staff Council website at http://staffcouncil.unm.edu.

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