This time of year, many rescue groups are sponsoring fundraising events at which pets can have their photo taken with Santa. If you’re partial to one particular rescue group, check with them to see if they’re doing it. If not, here are a couple that have come across our desk:
▪ The SPCA of Wake County will do professional pet portraits with Santa, 5-9 p.m. Nov. 20, 5-7 p.m. Nov. 21 and noon-4 p.m. Nov. 22 at its center at 200 Petfinder Lane in Raleigh. Prices range from $25 to $45 depending on the number of people and pets in your photo. All proceeds to go to the SPCA of Wake County. Make your appointment at nando.com/2th or by calling 919-285-4731.
▪ Animals can get photos with Santa at Northgate Mall (1058 W. Club Blvd., Durham, 1-5 p.m. Dec. 6, with proceeds benefiting AnimalKind, a nonprofit whose mission is to end unnecessary euthanasia of adoptable cats and dogs in North Carolina shelters. Packages start at $15.95. Call 919-286-4400 for more details or visit northgatemall.com/events.
▪ In Cary, the Chatham Animal Rescue & Education nonprofit will sponsor a photo opportunity at the Phydeaux Cary location (6464 Tryon Road). The professional photos can be just the pet with Santa or include family members. All proceeds benefit CARE. Noon-6 p.m. Dec. 12 and 19, 1-5 p.m. Dec. 13. The cost is either a $10 donation to CARE or $10 in pet items purchased at Phydeaux donated to the group. More info at chathamanimalrescue.org or phydeauxpets.com.
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Adopt a senior pet
November is National Adopt a Senior Pet Month, so it’s a great time to consider a senior pet. What’s so great about more mature dogs and cats?
▪ They’re less rambunctious and less destructive than puppies or kittens and require less supervision.
▪ Their personalities are already developed so you know what you’re getting.
▪ With dogs in particular, they are almost always already housebroken and have often been leash-trained and know commands.
▪ And, of course, since most people want kittens and puppies, you’ll be helping a pet that is often overlooked even though it has a lot of love left to give.
If you’re in the market for a new pet, please consider adopting an older one. There are plenty of older pets available at just about any pet rescue group or shelter in your area. The Wake County Animal Center is just one group spotlighting its senior pets this month. You can see some of them at nando.com/2tj.