Save the date! Santa Paws is coming to town! December 8th Santa Paws will be at Pets Come First, 2451 General Potter Highway, Centre Hall, to take pictures with your pets during their open hours. This annual fundraiser will help raise money for local homeless animals as well as give the public the cutest pictures for their Christmas cards this year.
Rodney Smith will transform into Santa Paws December 8th from 11 am to 4 pm to take pictures with the good pets of the public. Rodney is a valued and regular volunteer at Pets Come First, a non-profit animal shelter in Centre Hall. In 2016, he offered to volunteer to take pictures with pets as a fundraiser for PCF and it has been a hit with the public ever since. With a bushy white beard, rosy cheeks and a full Santa suit, Rodney IS Santa. For pictures of previous Santa Paws events, check out Pets Come First’s Facebook Page.
Each animal that comes to take pictures with Santa will have their own private session with Santa and Shawn Henfling of Captured Chaos Photography who is also volunteering his time and professional expertise for this event. Safety and comfort of the pets and people participating will be top priority. Participants will be asked to keep their animals warm in their cars until it is their turn with Santa, keep dogs on leashes, and keep smaller animals (cats, rodents, etc) in appropriate carriers. When it is their turn, they will be escorted to meet Santa by his elves to a quiet, private room decked with a Christmas tree, presents, and treats for their very own photo-shoot. Pictures to be taken first come first served, no appointment needed.
Admission to see Santa will be a monetary donation to Pets Come First. 100% of these donations go directly to PCF to help the animals under their care this holiday season and beyond. Tax receipts are available upon request.
Pets Come First is a no-kill shelter that helps animals in need by providing them vet care, love, food and shelter until they find them forever homes. They house an average of 100 animals in need of homes at any given time. This year, they are on track to reach over 500 adoptions. Since 2012, 3,130 animals have found their forever home through Pets Come First. All animals are spayed/neutered, up to date on vaccines, and microchipped. All cats are tested for FIV and Feline Leukemia. All dogs are tested for heartworm and Lyme disease. PCF also offers low cost spay and neuter vouchers to the public and is on track to exceed 600 animals spayed/neutered through their program this year.