As Christmas approached in 2002, Waverley Traylor (an Isle of Wight County Animal Control Officer) noticed that needy families were receiving help from various churches and charities but no one provided goodies for the pets.
No one should be denied the love and companionship of a family pet even though struggling to make ends meet. This is the time in a person’s life when unconditional love is an extremely valuable commodity.
Waverley, and his wife Margaret, began that year delivering small gifts to these pets anonymously. With their family grown and married, this is the way they chose to celebrate Christmas.
They continued their anonymous giving until 2005 when the local newspapers discovered their secret and that year followed them on their rounds within the county. Once this practice became public, the help and nominations have been steadily growing.