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Kitsap Humane Society bringing pets and Santa together

By RACHEL BRANT

Staff writer

Dogs, cats, llamas, horses and even snakes will have the opportunity to meet Santa this month at the Kitsap Humane Society and PetSmart in Silverdale.

The Kitsap Humane Society is hosting its annual Posing Pets & People with Santa event at various locations throughout the month of December. The animal shelter hosted its first Santa photo session event of the season Nov. 16 at Kitsap Mall. Rebecca Cooper, event coordinator for the Kitsap Humane Society, said many four-legged creatures and their owners flocked to the event. Even a snake posed for a photo with Santa at the mall.

The animal shelter will host Santa photos at the Kitsap Humane Society Barn from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 and Sunday, Dec. 2. Cooper said animals of all kinds are welcome at the barn and people also can take photos with Santa without pets.

“We can take absolutely anything. We’ve had llamas and horses and all kinds of things,” Cooper said. “We can take absolutely anything you throw at us.”

T & C Photography of Poulsbo will do the photography and packages range from $20 to $45. All proceeds benefit the Kitsap Humane Society. All photos will be ready to take home the same day.

“Everything except the Christmas cards can go home that day,” Cooper said.

PetSmart on Ridgetop Boulevard in Silverdale will host Santa photos from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 1, 2, 8, 9, 15 and 16. After customers and their pets pose for photographs with Santa, they can purchase their framed photo for $9.95 or $8.95 with their PetPerks card and all proceeds go to help the animals at the Kitsap Humane Society.

“They can also put on additional things like photo CDs and wallets,” Cooper said.

She added that people should not bring large animals, such as livestock, to PetSmart, but they are welcome at the Kitsap Humane Society Barn photo sessions. All animals need to be in the appropriate containers or on leashes.

Cooper said the Posing Pets & People with Santa event is a Kitsap Humane Society tradition and people and animals alike seem to enjoy the event.

“It’s mostly just a community event because some people have been doing this for years and years and years,” she said.

For more information, please contact Cooper at the humane society at (360) 692-6977 ext. 113 or check out the animal shelter’s Web site at www.kitsaphumane.org.

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