\u2018You can never have too much food\u2019 The holiday season is a time for giving and showing loved ones they\u2019re appreciated. That doesn\u2019t always, but should, include our pets and less fortunate animals, according to Board of Education member Kathy Yolish. Over the past eight years Yolish and her husband, Norman, have organized birthday parties for their 10-year-old service dog named Kinzy, who is a Maltese\/Yorkshire terrier mix. Yolish said although the private event in October is a ton of fun for the 70-plus people who attend, it also serves as a fund-raiser for the city\u2019s animal shelter. \u201cSure, it\u2019s nice to see all of my former colleagues because we never get a chance to see each other, but everyone really comes out to support the greater cause, which is the animals.\u201d Last year, Yolish said, they surpassed their fund-raising goal of $2,000 to be donated by more than $200 and each year their goal amount increases. In all, the eight parties have led to almost $10,000 raised for the animal shelter. According to Yolish, the money goes toward buying the animals medicine, toys and food. Shelton\u2019s animal control supervisor, Leon Sylvester, said there isn\u2019t a time of year when supplies are more required than others \u2014 it\u2019s always important to have a sufficient amount of food and money available for the animals at the Shelton Animal Shelter. \u201cWithin the last 48 or 72 hours alone we have taken on eight new dogs,\u201d said Sylvester. \u201cFood can go pretty fast depending on the amount of dogs and kittens we are taking care of at one time. You can never have enough food and supplies.\u201d Sylvester added that although he hasn\u2019t personally encountered people giving animals as gifts during the holiday season, there are factors that are important to consider when doing so. \u201cFirst and foremost, you should make sure that if you\u2019re giving someone an animal that they\u2019re not allergic,\u201d said Sylvester. \u201cBut also that the person is going to be a good fit and able to take care of the animal. It\u2019s a commitment.\u201d Along with the the Yolish family, Mohegan Elementary School also made a donation to the shelter. The school held \u201cDress Down Day\u201d for the staff and raised nearly $800 to be put toward shelter expenses. The shelter accepts donations year-round but hasn\u2019t done any formal fund raising.