Humane Society sets ‘Santa Paws’ Events for Nov. 20 and Dec. 4

The Humane Society of Ventura County will hold its annual “Santa Paws” fund-raisers on Nov. 20 in Ventura and at the HSVC’s shelter in Ojai on Dec. 4, where pets – along with their families – can have their pictures taken with Santa.

The Ventura photo shoot on Nov. 20 will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Ventura Beach Marriott, 2055 E. Harbor Blvd. The event in Ojai on Dec. 4 also runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The HSCV shelter is located at 405 Bryant St.

For a $25 donation, pet owners receive several professional photos on a compact disc that will be ready to take home the day of the event. Many festive pet costumes to doll up pets will be available. Pocket pets, reptiles and birds are all welcome.

The HSVC asks attendees to being their dogs on a lease and cats in a carrier. Adults and children are welcome in photos – with or without Santa. Those who do not have a pet can still bring their children to avoid long lines at the mall.

Greg Cooper, a professional photographer, will shoot the pictures. Chuck Bowman is Santa.

The Ojai event also will feature a Holiday Craft Fair where local artists and crafts people will have one-of-a kind gifts. Firefly Ceramics will be on hand with a booth for attendees to make their own ornament keepsake with a $20 donation to the shelter’s kennel campaign.

The Humane Society of Ventura County is a private, nonprofit organization founded in 1932. It does not receive federal, state or local tax dollars to operate and relies solely on private donations.