The Ellis County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has several needs - and also a lot to give by making it possible for people to adopt a special companion.

“We have a long list of needs, including bleach, blankets, non-clumping cat litter, collars, non-spillable bowls (wide bottoms), dish soap, newspaper, copy paper, leashes, dog and cat toys, laundry soap and Wal-Mart gift cards,” executive director Dana White said. “We will accept money too.”

One item the agency can’t use, however, is donated pet food because it has contracted with a major pet food provider.

“By July of 2006, we already had an intake of 2,281 animals (for that year),” White said, noting that by the end of July this year, the SPCA had already received 2,725 animals.

With such an overflow of animals, funds deplete quickly, she said.

“The only sources of monetary income we have is through contracts and donations from the public,” White said, emphasizing that no gift is too large or too small. “One gentleman comes in every month and donates a bag of cat litter.”

The Ellis County SPCA invites the public to adopt a companion pet. Adoptions are processed from noon-4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, and from 1-4 p.m. Saturdays.

For more information, call Dana White at (972) 935-0756, e-mail dana@savetheboxers.com or log on to the SPCA Web site at www.elliscountyspca.org.

E-mail Paul at paul.gauntt@waxahachiedailylight.com