Pets and people invited to fundraiser

December 4th, 2009    Author: Staff Report    Filed Under: Community

The Clermont County Humane Society is sponsoring a Photos with Santa fundraiser to benefit the homeless animals in the county.

Bring dogs, cats, or other critters to the Petsmart store, located at 245 River’s Edge in Milford, Saturday, Dec. 12 or Sunday, Dec. 13 between the hours of 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. for the pictures.

“Bring the whole family to pose with the pets,” said “Santa” Pete Palozzolo, who has dressed as the jolly red elf to pose with pets and people for the past six years.  No appointments will be taken; pictures are on a first come, first served basis.

"Santa" Pete says he has posed with all types of critters over the years, including birds, ferrets, and even gerbils. "If they are your pet and you can bring them in a carrier or on a leash, they are welcome to come see Santa," laughs Palazzolo. "The elves that take the pictures are great when it comes to getting everyone's attention, even if the pet is forced by his or her owner to wear a stocking hat or jingle bell collar!"

The Photos with Santa cost $9.95; $5 of the price goes to care for the many homeless and unwanted animals in Clermont County.

"This year we are seeing an increasing number of animals coming into the county shelter," said Clermont Animal Shelter Director Kim Naegel. "The money that is raised through this fund-raiser will help us feed and care for them, until we can hopefully find them a new home."

For more information about Photos with Santa, contact the Clermont County Animal Shelter at (513) 732-8854.
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