Thank you to everyone who attended this past Sunday's 29th annual Santa Paws event here in Ojai. We had over one hundred guests at this years event! Thank you all for your patience amidst a longer then usual wait-all for a great cause!
We could not have done it without the generosity and expertise of Greg Cooper, Volunteer Photographer and Instructor at Brooks Institute who provided all the equipment and shot the photos, Claudia Figueiredo, who is a regular volunteer at the shelter photographing our animals for their profiles, and Zach Kelly, student of Visual Journalism at Brooks Institute who made sure that every family who attended left with a wonderful keepsake!
We also want to give a very special thank you to to Chuck Bowman. Chuck stayed in character as Santa for 8.5 hours on Sunday, the whole time making the animals and children as comfortable as possible while being photographed. Chuck deserves a round of applause for all his hard work and dedication to improving the lives of shelter animals!
We were lucky to have so many talented vendors selling handmade gifts at our Craft Fair and Java Cat serving up drinks and goodies. Thank you as well to Jackie Welsh and Sylvia Basich for putting together a wonderful Bake Sale to hep raise even more funds for animals in need and to al our volunteers who made this event so special.
A special thank you as well to Shannon Hillygus, General Manager at the Ventura Beach Marriott, for hosting Santa Paws in Ventura two weeks ago where we had another amazing turn out!
We are so grateful to all of you who made this day so special. Santa Paws is more than just getting a holiday photo, every penny raised will go to helping animals in need in Ventura County. The Humane Society of Ventura County is a NO KILL, private, non-profit 501c3, organization founded in 1932. All of our programs and services are funded one hundred percent by donations, memorials and sponsorships. Events such as Santa Paws and the funds they generate is what keeps our doors open
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