Pet Photos with Santa are on Dec. 8 at Bosley’s in Maple Ridge.

Pet Photos with Santa are on Dec. 8 at Bosley’s in Maple Ridge.

Pets: What the season is all about

Pet Photos with Santa at Bosley's in Maple Ridge Dec. 8

Katie’s Place will again host Pet Photos with Santa at Bosley’s in Maple Ridge on Sunday, Dec. 8, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Over the years, the event has become a fundraiser for the Maple Ridge animal shelter.

Pet Photos with Santa is also a chance for the public and Katie’s Place volunteers to meet and start the holiday season by swapping pet stories, sharing advice, meet new friends and catch up with old ones.

“It’s a great way for the pet owners in the community to get to know one another, and a fantastic way to help the animals that do not have a home of their own this holiday season.”

Everything about the event is donated and all money raised goes directly to the animals.

“The great staff at  Bosley’s provide the space and goodie bags for your pet.

“The photographer and Santa donate their time, and Katie’s Place volunteers ensure that everyone has a good time and your pet is comfortable.

“We have treats to win them over, toys to grab their attention, and a Santa that adores all animals.

“Santa welcomes everyone onto his lap.  Over the years we’ve had dogs, cats, hamsters, lizards, birds, spiders, horses and many others.

Santa, the photographer, Bosley’s staff, and our volunteers believe that all pets are family and will be more than happy to accommodate you and your BAF (Best Animal Friend), regardless of what they are.

“Of course, Santa may ask that your horse stand beside him.  He’s still in physiotherapy after the last one sat on his lap.”

Pet Photos with Santa is one of the shelter’s most successful fundraisers.  It helps the shelter feed the animals, provide them with medical care, and house them while they await their “forever” home.

“Many animals in Maple Ridge owe their life to the kindness and generosity of Katie’s Place supporters.  We are currently struggling with dry cat food donations and hope that this event will help us stock our shelves for the coming winter months.

“So please come out on Dec. 8 and get a cherished memento of your pet for Christmas, and a reminder that your generosity helped a homeless animal in your community.  This is what the season is all about.”

Magdalena Romanow is a volunteer at Katie’s Place, a cat shelter in Maple Ridge.

• Bosley’s is located at 22745 Dewdney Trunk Road, Maple Ridge.