Pet alert: Santa Paws is coming to town

The Fresno BeeNovember 12, 2013 

Your pet has a holiday photo op with Santa Claus, um Santa Paws.

Valley Animal Center is again featuring a Santa Paws photo booth as part of its sixth annual Holiday Bake, Craft and Book Faire, which is scheduled 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at the center, 3934 N. Hayston Ave.

The event is free, although all baked goods, crafts and books are for sale. Proceeds benefit Valley Animal Center, which is the central San Joaquin Valley's largest no-kill shelter for dogs and cats.

The Santa Paws photo booth has become "the biggest draw for everyone to come," says Rosie Davenport, community relations coordinator at the center.

Valley Animal Center is taking appointments for photo sittings with Santa Paws, who, in real life, is Bruce Maxfield.

"A pair of bunnies are coming in," Davenport says. "We've also had cats and birds come in."

Pet owners also can walk in at the faire to have photo sittings for their pets. Various photo packages are available for a donation — $5 to $20 — to Valley Animal Center.

The center also has more than 400 animals available for adoption at the faire.

Valley Animal Center recently was in the news after a burglar took a small safe with money and a glass donation box. As a result, local businesses are donating new surveillance equipment for the shelter as well as the installation costs.

Davenport says, "Obviously, the community cares about animals. It's nice to see a negative experience turn into a positive experience."

Details: or (559) 233-8690.


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