This article was featured in WYDaily on 12/8/23.
As the holiday season unfolds, The Heritage Humane Society invites the community to partake in the festive tradition of the Holiday “Fur” Tree, now adorned with nearly 150 bows and featuring not one, but two trees this year! The Fur Tree, a symbol of love and compassion towards animals, graces Prince George Street in Downtown Williamsburg and will be on display until Jan. 9, 2024.

A festive legacy

The Holiday Fur Tree initiative allows individuals to purchase bows to adorn the trees, with small bows priced at $15 and large bows at $30. Up to three names can be inscribed on each bow, creating a meaningful tribute to friends, family, or beloved pets. To contribute, interested participants can purchase bows online. Additionally, forms can be completed and mailed to The Heritage Humane Society or submitted in person at the adoption center from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 PM.

Double the joy, double the bows

This year, due to the overwhelming popularity of the community’s Fur Tree, The Heritage Humane Society introduced a second tree, doubling the bows and the festive spirit. With nearly 150 bows already decorating the trees, there is still ample time for community members to purchase and contribute to this heartwarming tradition.

Collective support and dedication

In 2022, a total of 288 ribbons were purchased, highlighting Greater Williamsburg’s commitment to supporting the cause. Everything from real estate space, trees, ribbons, and labor are generously donated by local businesses and HHS Auxiliary volunteersHomestead Garden Center donates the trees, and the bows are contributed by Williamsburg Floral & Paradise Plants.

Volunteers at the heart of the tradition

The success of the Fur Tree is credited to the dedicated HHS Auxiliary volunteers who set up the trees, hand write names on every bow, and meticulously tie them to the trees. Their unwavering commitment ensures the Holiday Fur Tree remains a poignant symbol of love and compassion.

A community custom

The Holiday Fur Tree has been a cherished sight for more than 25 years in downtown Williamsburg. Bill and Lynne Christensen have played a crucial role as co-chairpersons for 10 years. Bill shared his sentiments, saying, “We’ve been honored to create hundreds of bright red ribbons every year and place them on The Heritage Humane Society Holiday Fur Tree over the years. This seasonal testimonial to the love of friends, pets and those awaiting adoption at the animal shelter has been a tradition in downtown Williamsburg welcoming visitors and residents to Prince George Street. We are very grateful for the opportunity in the spirit of caring.”
Bill and Lynne Christensen standing in front of the 2022 Fur Tree.

Spread the joy, share the hashtag

The community is encouraged to visit the Fur Tree on Prince George Street, take photos, and share the festive spirit on social media using the hashtag #HHSFurTree.
Join The Heritage Humane Society in celebrating the season of giving, and contribute to a tradition that embodies the spirit of caring and compassion.

Welcome love this holiday season

The Heritage Humane Society has many homeless pets hoping to be adopted in time to spend the holidays in a forever home. Nearly 200 dogscats and small pets are currently in their care. As an added gift, the shelter is offering an adoption promotion of 25% off available adult pets (10 months and older) now through Dec. 31, 2023.
Adoptable pets are available to meet during The Heritage Humane Society’s visiting and adopting hours from 12 to 4:30 p.m., Tues. through Sun.
To learn more, visit, call 757-221-0150, or visit The Heritage Humane Society located at 430 Waller Mill Rd, Williamsburg, VA 23185.

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