Now’s the purrfect time for your pet’s photo with Santa

I love getting Christmas cards from friends that include photos of the family, especially if the family members have four legs and wear fur.

Now’s the time to get your pet’s photo taken with Santa in time to send out your holiday cards. A few West Michigan events are being held and will benefit local animal welfare organizations.

If you’re planning to use your family pets as models for your Christmas cards this year, the time is now to get those photos taken. West Michigan businesses are hosting pet photos with Santa events in the next couple of weeks.

Wednesday, the Future Voices Kids Club is putting on a pet photos with Santa event at Must Love Dogs Boutique & Spa at 211 Washington in downtown Grand Haven. Future Voices Kids Club was started by Jodi Jarvis-Therrian (of Memory Stones by Jodi) and meets monthly in Muskegon.

The club educates kids on all things pets, including animal welfare and responsible pet ownership, brings in guest speakers and also conducts fund-raisers to help pets in West Michigan.

Wednesday’s photos with “the real” Santa takes place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Photos are just $5 for a picture to be emailed or $10 for an emailed photo and a 5×7 to be delivered to Must Love Dogs for pickup. If you bring a bag of pet food to donate, emailed photos are free, and an emailed photo and 5×7 will cost just $5.┬áJarvis-Therrian promises photos will arrive in plenty of time to use for Christmas cards.

Proceeds for the event benefit Pay It Forward Outreach‘s low-income pet clinic, Black Cat low income pet food pantry and Best Pal Animal rescue center.

Both dogs and cats are welcome to the event. Cats should be in carriers and brought to Must Love Dogs’ back door to avoid the stress of hanging out with the dogs!

If you can’t make Wednesday’s photo opportunity in Grand Haven, Shampoochie Pet Grooming and Boutique in Kentwood (4445-B Breton Road SE) is hosting pet photos with Santa on Saturday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

There is no cost for Saturday’s event, but donations are appreciated and will benefit Crash’s Landing and Big Sid’s Sanctuary. Aside from monetary donations, people may donate supplies in need, including: paper towels, 9 Lives or Friskies canned food, Temptations treats, baby wipes, tall kitchen garbage bags, laundry soap and bleach.

Crash’s Landing and Big Sid’s Sanctuary also has pet photos with Santa events scheduled at a couple Pet Supplies Plus locations on Dec. 8 (at 4920 Wilson Ave. store) and 3110 28th Street (near Woodland Mall) on Dec. 9 from noon to 3 p.m. A $5 donation is suggested for each of those.

So get your dog or cat (or maybe even your iguana) spruced up in their reindeer antlers and send your family and friends a holiday card sure to make them howl with laughter. In the process, you’ll be supporting local animal welfare organizations.