The Humane Society of Ventura County invites the community to Santa Paws, its annual holiday family photoshoot at the HSVC shelter in Ojai on Sunday, Dec. 1.
Guests can not only pose for family photos but also enjoy delicious baked goods at an accompanying bake sale and take part in the fundraising Tiles for Tails program hosted by Firefly Ceramics. Tiles for Tails involves participants hand-painting tiles or imprinting paw prints from their furry friends for a $25 fee, with proceeds going to the building of a new dog kennel at the HSVC.
Also, new this year, the HSVC will host an ugly sweater contest for families attending Santa Paws at the shelter. Gift certificates from Ojai Ice Cream will be awarded for the ugliest sweater for humans and their pets.
Santa Paws is the HSVC’s largest event of the year, bringing in nearly 300 families to celebrate the season by posing for professional-quality photographs with a holiday theme. The money raised at Santa Paws goes directly toward daily operations at the shelter.
Adults, children and pets are welcome in photos – with or without Santa. The shelter will provide a variety of festive costumes to doll up your pets. Pocket pets, reptiles, rabbits and birds are all welcome.
For a minimum donation of $30, guests will receive packages of five to 10 photographs provided onsite on USB flash drives. This year’s early dates will allow for plenty of time to get holiday cards out by the winter holidays.
For 34 years, the HSVC’s Santa Paws events have provided high-quality holiday family portraits for Ventura County residents and beyond.
As a private nonprofit, the Humane Society of Ventura County relies 100% on private donations from individuals, organizations, businesses, grants and trusts. Each year, the shelter makes contact with thousands of animals through adoptions, its low-cost spay and neuter clinic, Humane Officer visits and outreach efforts, including Humane Education.
For more information on the HSVC and on the Santa Paws events, contact Cooper at [email protected] or 805-646-6505, ext. 112.
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