The entrance to Lynne Repsik’s Harleysville home probably looked like Christmas morning to Trixie‚ Repsik’s 13-year-old dachshund.

A large bag of dog food stood behind boxes full of dog biscuits‚ canned food‚ toys‚ blankets and other pet items.

However‚ sadly for Trixie‚ these items aren’t for her. They are only a portion of the items that 8-year-old twins Bethany and Kelley Repsik are collecting for the Perkiomenville branch of the Montgomery County SPCA.

The girls are certifiable animal lovers. Along with a large assortment of various stuffed animals‚ the family includes Trixie‚ Scooter the cat‚ Snowball the rabbit‚ Sarah the turtle‚ rats Snowflake and Krissa‚ and newcomer G‚ the border collie.

“We go to the (Perkiomenville) SPCA about once a month just to visit. It’s a lot of fun just to see who’s there‚” said Lynne Repsik‚ who has rescued all of their animals.

It was during a recent visit to the facility that the girls had the idea to collect items for the SPCA.

“We saw the cats and the rabbits first. Then we saw the dogs‚ and there was this black Lab puppy named Coal‚ like charcoal. Then we saw a flier on the way out that listed things they needed‚” said Kelley.

The girls immediately wanted to help. Lynne Repsik took a copy of the flier home‚ and Bethany and Kelley got straight to work on spreading the word.

“We typed up the list of things and added our names and stuff to it‚” said Kelley.

The twins‚ along with their neighbors Katie and Tom Iannucci‚ handed out their fliers around the neighborhood. They also took turns calling their friends to ask them to help.

“It was amazing. Kelley was typing up the flier‚ and Bethany was on the phone. I had parents calling me back that day asking for more information‚” said Lynne Repsik.

In addition to getting the neighbors involved‚ Bethany and Kelley presented their fundraising idea to their fifth-grade classes at Oak Ridge Elementary School in the Souderton Area School District.

“They brought in the flier and explained what they wanted to do for show and tell‚” said Lynne Repsik.

The girls brought in empty boxes that students could fill with pet supplies. The boxes have been in the classrooms for a couple of weeks and have been emptied several times.

“The response is great. We’re getting a great variety of items. A lot of dog and cat stuff‚ but surprisingly a fair amount of small animal supplies as well‚” said Lynne Repsik.

Items that Kelley and Bethany are collecting include:

Dry and canned cat food and dog food; dog and cat treats.

Bleach‚ newspaper and cat litter.

Food for birds‚ rabbits‚ guinea pig‚ hamsters and rodents.

Old towels and blankets; paper towels.

Washable cat and dog toys.

Christopher Langiotti‚ manager of the Perkiomenville branch and Humane Society police officer‚ was delighted to hear what Bethany and Kelley were doing.

“We are entirely privately funded. We get just about nothing from the state and county. We rely solely on donations of money‚ food and supplies. That’s what keeps us going‚” said Langiotti.

Langiotti hopes that this attention will help dispel the myth that animals get put down as soon as they walk through the doors.

“We (Montgomery County) have one of the highest placement rates. Dogs get placed about 96 to 99 percent of the time‚ depending on the branch. Cats are placed about 70 to 90 percent of the time‚ depending on the branch‚” he said.

The reason the placement for cats is lower than dogs is due to the volume. According to Langiotti‚ while they receive around three dogs a day‚ they could receive up to 20 cats in one day.

“Most of those cats are feral cats‚ born in the wild. If they can’t be handled by humans then we really can’t place them‚” said Langiotti.

Also available for adoption are hamsters‚ rabbits‚ birds‚ gerbils‚ mice and rats.

“We have a good variety. We get new in every day‚ so it varies. We also have a facility for large animals so we currently have four horses‚ a sheep and lots of various barnyard foul‚” said Langiotti.

When Kelley and Bethany drop off their donations‚ they hope to get a tour of the facility and see how the SPCA takes care of the animals as they come in.

“They always wondered what happens when an animal first gets brought in. Is it bathed? Do they weigh it? It would be fun for them to see what happens‚” said Lynne Repsik.