May is National Pet Month

The library is celebrating with a donation program for the Thomas J. O’Connor Animal Control and Adoption Center and with pet-related programs throughout the month.


National Pet Month is a celebration of the benefits that pets bring to people’s lives and that people bring to pets. It is observed annually in the United States in May. National Pet Month’s goals are to:

  • promote the benefits of pet ownership
  • support pet adoption
  • make people aware of the benefits of pets for people and of people for pets
  • increase public awareness of local community animal shelters
  • raise awareness of the role, value, and contribution to society of working companion animals


Each library branch will have a drop-off donation area for animal care or maintenance supplies for Thomas J. O’Connor Animal Control and Adoption Center. Help give back to the community during the month of May and drop off donations/supplies at any library location in the City of Springfield. It’s a very easy, simple way to make a contribution and make a difference in your community. The Thomas J. O’Connor Center provides shelter, education, advocacy, and assistance for animals and people in need. They rely solely on contributions from individuals and businesses that care about animals.

The Springfield City Library and the Thomas J. O’Connor Animal Control and Adoption Center are both departments of the City of Springfield.

Wish List for Thomas J. O’Connor


  • Canned dog and cat food (any brand)
  • Beech Nut all-meat baby food (no onion or garlic, just meat)
  • Peanut butter, spray cheese, hot dogs
  • Fresh vegetables when we have rabbits and reptiles


  • Rawhide chews, pigs ears, bully sticks
  • Stuffed animals, ping pong balls, cat toys
  • Kiddy pools (summertime wading)
  • “Kong” toys and other heavy duty treat-dispensing toys
  • Small dog biscuits
  • Stretch and Scratch cat scratchers


  • Stainless steel bowls
  • Bedding: comforters, towels, and blankets
  • Clay cat litter
  • Plastic cat carriers
  • Dog crates and exercise pens
  • Dog shampoo and conditioner (not flea control)
  • B-Air Pet Dryer, 115 volt, or similar dryer with hand-held hose & nozzle
  • Nail clippers (new – dog and cat sizes)
  • Slip leads, 6’ leashes, adjustable collars (cloth)
  • Bandanas
  • Baled timothy hay – 1 bale every 3 months
  • Humane box traps (any size)


  • Laundry detergent, liquid bleach, dryer sheets
  • Liquid hand soap, white vinegar
  • Paper towels, Kleenex
  • Brooms, mops, mop heads (string type), dustpans
  • Lint rollers and refills
  • Air freshening sprays
  • Dishwashing liquid and gloves
  • Glass cleaner, multi-surface cleaners


  • Bottle water

GIFT CARDS (for our immediate needs)

  • Dave’s
  • Petco
  • Staples
  • Walmart
  • Big Y
  • Home Depot
  • Lowe’s

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Programs at the library in May!


Animal Meet & Greet!

East Springfield Branch, Wednesday, May 7, 6 – 7 pm

East Forest Park Branch, Wednesday, May 14, 6 – 7 pm

Join us in celebrating National Pet Month with an Animal Meet & Greet.
Come meet some furry friends from one of our local animal shelters. Learn about their pet care, pet safety and how you can adopt a pet from your local animal shelter. This is a free family event.


Visit with Toto the Tornado Kitten

East Forest Park Branch, Saturday, May 17, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

In honor of National Pet Month, Toto the Tornado Kitten will be visiting East Forest Park Branch Library with his caretaker Jonathan Hall. Come admire and meet one of the coolest cats and hear Jonathan tell the story of Toto’s remarkable rescue after the tornado in June 2011. Jonathan’s books Toto the Tornado Kitten and Oh Toto! Where Did You Go? will be for sale.


Family Film: The Jungle Book

Mason Square Branch, Thursday, May 22, 6 – 8 pm

In the last animated film produced by Walt Disney himself, a young baby is discovered in the jungle by Bagheera, a panther. The strong-willed boy, Mowgli, is raised by Baloo, the bear and the two paternal animals try to keep him safe and raise him right as he meets with misadventures that involve swing-dancing monkeys, hypnotic snakes, and fearsome tigers. Free popcorn and refreshments will be served.


Read to Bella, the Reading Therapy Dog

East Forest Park, Saturday, May 31, 1 – 2 pm

Do you have a beginning reader or a reader needing some reading practice? Sign up for a specific ten minute time slot to read to Bella, a Pomeranian therapy dog, trained to serve as an audience with children to help them with improving their reading skills. This opportunity is especially for beginning or reluctant readers who just need some positive reading practice. Bella is sure to put a smile on everyone’s face while helping to promote and encourage children to read.

Call 413-263-6836 or stop in at the East Forest Park Branch Library to secure a spot.


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