By Syma Chowdhry

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Shelter animals in the city are anxiously waiting to be part of a new family.

The Saved Me Animal Shelter in Northern Liberties wanted to make the animals feel at home on Christmas.

“It is a special treat today for the animals,” says Ray Little with the shelter.

Volunteers served home cooked meals for the cats and dogs.

“We thought it would be great to have a little party here today,” Little said.

The pups enjoyed a chicken and rice meal, while the cats feasted on a salmon dinner.

“Chicken and rice is what they seem to like and it is very well-balanced for them,” Little said. “It is not going to make them sick and they can eat as much as they want.”

Over the past month – folks donated treats and toys  to bring a little holiday cheer for these animals.

“We are so grateful for everybody who went out of their way this Christmas season for the pets who have no home,” says Little.

Heading to North Philadelphia — ACCT Philly stayed open Christmas hoping families will bring home a new pet.

“We love for families to come in and view the animals and hopefully select a new family member on Christmas,” says Caroline Fitzgerald with ACCT Philly.

ACCT Philly has plenty of cats and dogs to choose from.

And to celebrate the holiday — families were invited to make treats and get involved in shelter activities.

“We have a big open house where people can make treats for the animals, cat toys, come together and have food take a tour of the shelter,” Fitzgerald said.

11-year-old Allison Gagne is spending her Christmas making dog biscuits. She says she wants the animals to feel loved on this special day:

“These dogs are just thrown on the street and they have no homes so I want to do everything I can for them to get them out of here.”

And if you are considering bringing home a pet, both shelters will be open Friday morning.

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