By Syma Chowdhry

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

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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.

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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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