WAYLAND — The community came together to support its local petting zoo this holiday.


On Dec. 8 Cherie Carter, Dinky Doo Petting Zoo owner was touched by those who came out to the Christmas two-day event this year.


The Dansville Central High School sent out a couple students for community service. Citizen Bank came out to help with the hot cocoa and cookies on Saturday. There were several community members who donated dozens of cookies or the event. Five Star Bank helped with cocoa and cookies on Sunday.


The children were able to feed the pigs some apples and the bunnies some carrots. Ash and the Zebu were the newest members of the petting zoo that dazzled children.


“We are doing very well with this event this year,” Carter said. “The gift magnets idea has really taken off. People are enjoying them for Christmas. Everyone has been very happy with the animals.”


Carter has 68 animals in her care at the petting zoo that cost a lot of money to keep up with. Wayland American Legion donated some money to help her feed them.


“We are going to start a new thing by letting the children feed the llamas and alpacas carrots,” she said. “We just want to keep making it fun for them and the animals.”


Carter is very thankful to the community for all of their help.


“The Arc kids are very helpful too. I gave them a party, since they help me out a lot. They were so thrilled to see Santa Claus,” she said. “I have people wanting me to do exotic animals, but that is a whole new license. I tell them I can’t get giraffes and kangaroos here.”


Carter said that her petting zoo really is an educational place for children to learn about animals.


“I want this to be something that becomes a family tradition,” she said. “These animals are like my children. I really think of them as family. I was going to sell the donkey, but people got so upset about it on Facebook. They made me change my mind and keep Jasper.”


“I want to thank the community from the bottom of my heart for the support and donations,” Carter added. “It does my heart good to see the community here for me. I like to help out whenever I can too.”


Wendi Chichester, Citizen’s Bank Manager, said that everyone has really loved the petting zoo.


“I really love Cherie’s dedication with this place,” she said. “She puts her heart and soul into this place. I think this is great for our community.”


Chichester said that there is no place like this petting zoo in our area, and it needs to be appreciated by the community.


“We are so lucky to have a place like this here. It is wonderful to be able to interact with the animals,” she said. “People really love coming here.”


Dinky Doo Petting Zoo and Free Spirit Leather Shop is located at 1864 Route 63 in Wayland.