Santa photos are an annual tradition for most families but, this year, Hunter Animal Rescue has invited pets to come along.
The organisation, with the help of sponsor PETQuarters, is hosting two events in the Hunter, which will allow pets and their families to meet Santa.
It’s all for a good cause, too, with proceeds being donated to the rescue service’s vital work.
“With our annual Pets Picnic postponed till 2021 and all fundraising events stalled in 2020, Hunter Animal Rescue, like most charities across the Hunter, has seen fundraising revenues plummet,” Secretary Caroline Hawkless said.
“The photo booth with Santa will be held outdoors and we will also have the opportunity to harness the energies of our volunteers and get them involved on the day running a sausage sizzle and merchandise stall, as well as help with ‘crowd control’, which is really code for petting as many animals that line-up to have their photo taken with Santa as possible.
“We’ll also chat to the humans about what Hunter Animal Rescue is all about too.
“Twenty dollars will buy a printed, card backed photo, and a digital copy will be emailed.
“All profits from the Santa Paws photos will help Hunter Animal Rescue achieve its mission of assisting vulnerable, abandoned puppies, dogs, cats and kittens find their forever homes.”
According to Caroline, the pandemic has been a challenge for the rescue service.
“It’s been full on,” she said. “Not in terms of animals needing to be rescued, but so many people want pets and our animals are getting adopted so quickly.
“The demand for animals has skyrocketed.”
She added that all the volunteers were looking forward to connecting with everyone at the events.
The first Santa Paws Photos event will be hosted at PETQuarters in Rutherford on Saturday 28 November and the second event will land at PETQuarters in Glendale on Saturday 5 December.
Search ‘Santa Paws Photos’ on Facebook for more information about the events.
To find out more about its work, go to the service’s website.