WATERVILLE — For the fourth year in a row, the three Inland Hospital departments have donated pet food and goods to the Humane Society Waterville Area in lieu of exchanging holiday presents among the staff.

The staff of the hospital’s cardiopulmonary department, the Sleep Diagnostics Center and the infusion services department donated dog food, cat food, cleaning supplies and pet toys to the Humane Society, which were delivered Friday.

“A lot of times animals fall to the back burner,” said Howard Mette, director of the three departments. “And the animals and pets that are not wanted could certainly use some holiday cheer.”

Nearly 2,500 animals in need are taken in by the Human Society annually, and after a busy summer and fall, humane society director Lisa Smith said the donations couldn’t have come at a better time.

The supplies collected and donated by the hospital staff will help the Humane Society fill the gamut of needs the pets it cares for have, ranging from nutrition to cleaning.