Pet project

Published 12:17 am Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Remember those dogs that made their debut barking “Jingle Bells” on the radio several years ago? If so and that memory is a good one, there’s an opportunity to repay those dogs — and other pets — Saturday.

The Beaufort County Humane Society is presenting its Photos with Santa fundraising project from noon until 2:30 p.m. The event takes place at the Betsy Bailey Nelson Animal Control Facility at 3931 U.S. Highway 264 East, Washington.

Pets in the area may show up, pose with Santa Claus and have photographs taken of their time with St. Nick. The pet’s owner may choose from one of several photographs. The chosen photograph will be printed and placed in a Christmas-card folder that includes an envelope for mailing.

Each set of photos, Christmas-card folders and envelopes costs $7. That’s a good deal for pet owners. And the money raised by the project will help the Beaufort County Humane Society carry out its mission and operate its programs.

The pets can be somewhat entertaining during the photo shoots.

“Encouraging these cats and dogs to sit nice on Santa’s lap is a hoot. Getting their attention to smile at the camera sometimes brings tears of laughter,” reads an email from the Beaufort County Humane Society about Photos with Santa.

Why shouldn’t our pets help spread Christmas cheer?

The Beaufort County Humane Society’s mission is an all-volunteer, nonprofit group dedicated to protecting the welfare of animals in the community. It works to reduce the number of unwanted animals through its low-cost spay/neuter clinics, spay/neuter assistance programs and education programs, which includes visits to school classrooms. Photos with Santa benefits pet owners by involving their pets in the Christmas season and the community by providing funding that allows the Beaufort County Humane Society to continue its good work in the community. That’s a great way to help celebrate Christmas.