Support rescued animals at ‘Petography’ event

Get your pet’s photo taken with Santa Claus

Hollister Police Animal Care and Services will team up with the GardenMart to host the second annual “A Home for the Holidays Petography” event and fundraiser Dec. 8, noon-4pm. The event will take place at the GardenMart, 410 Spring Grove Road in Hollister.

The “petography” fundraiser allows families to celebrate the holiday season by bringing their pets to take a photo with Santa Claus with a festive backdrop. A donation of $20 buys the pet owner a digital holiday photo. Each additional photo will cost $10.

Pet owners are encouraged to dress their animals in festive attire. Some costumes will be available on site.

All proceeds from the photos will directly benefit the Hollister Animal Shelter’s homeless animals, along with local animal rescue organizations, reads a press release from Hollister Police Department.

While the holidays are often full of joy for families and friends, it can be a sad time for community animals, rescue organizations and shelters worldwide, reads the press release. During the holiday season, shelters all across the nation see an influx in owners surrendering their pets due to traveling, financial trouble, moving and even vacation plans. During the holiday season more than ever, local shelter animals need a home for the holidays.

Along with offering festive photos, the Hollister Animal Shelter will bring some of the adorable adoptable animals in need of homes to the Dec. 8 event. Other rescue organizations, such as Pet Friends of Hollister, have been invited to bring adoptable rescue animals as well. This will allow potential adopters the opportunity to bond with shelter animals and share in the holiday spirit.

After last year’s event, the Hollister Animal Shelter adopted out 12 shelter animals to loving new homes. Shelter staff is hoping to beat that number this year.

Anyone looking for more information can visit the Hollister Police Animal Care and Services Facebook page, or contact the Hollister Animal Shelter at (831) 636-4320.

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