IF you think getting your child’s photo with Santa is tough, trying taking your pet along instead.
The first weekend of Santa Paws photos, run by Paws ‘n’ Hooves Animal Rescue, was a great success, despite the rain.
President Paul Lewis said there were people waiting even though it was pouring.
“This is our sixth year of doing it and the response has always been fantastic,” he said.
“One hundred per cent of the money we take goes to Paws ‘n’ Hooves, and it’s manned by our personnel.”
The money goes into the cost of rescuing dogs and cats from death row and caring and treating them to be rehomed.
While the organisation charges adoption fees, Mr Lewis said the money raised barely touched the sides of the costs involved.
“It barely covers the normal vet fees, desexing, microchipping, and vaccination,” he said.
“Sometimes you’ll get sick dogs, like a little puppy 12 months ago that had to have an eye removed.
“It doesn’t matter how much it costs us, we still charge the same fee. We don’t want to make money on the animals, we charge what we think is a fair adoption fee.”
Mr Lewis said it was important for Santa to be able to handle all animals. “In previous years we’ve had people bring in pet rats, or a little chook,” he said.
“We’ve had a snake over the years. We’ve also had Irish wolfhounds, great danes, and other really huge dogs. Whoever’s doing it has to be comfortable.”
* WHEN: Tomorrow and next Saturday from 10am-3pm
* WHERE: Penrith Veterinary Hospital, 22 Belmore St, Penrith
* COST: $15 for a 6×4 print on the spot, $10 for extra prints, $25 for a USB with all the photos from your sitting