One local organization is hoping to help control the pet population.
PAWS of Muskingum County held its 21st annual cookie walk at Trinity United Presbyterian Church in Zanesville. President of PAWS Kris Medley said volunteers bake and frost thousands of cookies, which make great gifts for holiday parties.
"The big thing is we put all of our cookies in one pound packages, and we put bows and ribbons on them," said Medley. "They can take them from here and bring them to the people they're giving them to as gifts."
Medley said PAWS raises money to assist low-income families with the spaying and neutering of their pets. She said the animal shelters are overcrowded, in part because people can't afford to pay the vet bills.
"I got involved in PAWS because someone dropped a bunch of cats off to me one time, and I didn't have the ways to get them all spayed and neutered," said Medley.
People stood outside in the cold until the doors opened this morning. Medley said her goal is to raise $5,000 for the organization.