Pet photos with Santa raise $1,600 for SPCA

Annual event saw dogs, cats, birds and rabbits sit on Santa’s knee

Little boys and girls were not the only people visiting Santa this year. Dogs, cats, a bird and even a couple rabbits sat on Santa’s lap for the Williams Lake Veterinary Hospital’s annual Pet Pictures with Santa event on Nov. 25.

Photographer Craig Smith made sure to snap the perfect pictures for the perfect holiday photo, and the event raised just under $1,600 for the Williams Lake SPCA.

“It was a great day,” said Tanya Hawkes, office manager for the veterinary hospital.

At least 78 pet owners came through the doors this year, which Hawkes said was likely helped by the weather.

“We’ve had it on years where it was frigid and who wants to go out in that, but out here the weather was beautiful so it was a really good day.”

Sometimes, the pets were even dressed for the occasion.

“All that dress up is pretty funny, so we actually had a few little outfits for people to use and the animals looked mortified, but it just adds to the fun of it all,” said Hawkes.

“Thanks to everybody who continuously supports us every year when we do this.”

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Tara Sprickerhoff photo Milo the clinic cat visits with Santa, with roomates Kira Anderson, Lauren Beaulieu and Jenessa Loewen during the annual Pet Pictures with Santa event at the Williams Lake Veterinary Hospital.

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