On Saturday November 19 the Hotshots photography club for held our 2nd annual Photo Paws and Family Tails photo event. Not your typical photos with Santa – we offered studio quality portraits for families and their pets to celebrate that special bond between fur-baby and family and help to raise money for Homes for Endangered and Lost Pets (H.E.L.P.).
H.E.L.P. is an all-volunteer organization that rescues stray and abandoned cats and dogs, providing medical care and shelter until the animals are adopted into loving homes. H.E.L.P. is not an animal shelter; the animals live in volunteers’ homes. Each dog or cat is spayed or neutered, vaccinated, treated for parasites and microchipped. All proceeds from the photo paws event went to H.E.L.P. to directly support the animals.
This is the 2nd year that we’ve held this fund raiser. It was a very good day. Waiting and ready for our furry visitors we had photographers; Brian, Rob, Claudia, Don, Kim & Karen. And the many volunteers from H.E.L.P. were the guide elves to shepard our visitors through the pole to Santa and frosty . We had 24 families come in; some to see Santa and ask for the latest cool toy.
While others were more interested in hanging with frosty in his winter wonderland
And A few were just wanted to hang with the photographers and get a non-holiday portrait done.
As in any event of this type there are always a few youngsters that who don’t know the big red guy and are completely freaked out. But we humans just laugh and try to get them to relax – fat chance on the relax part when you’re a cat.
and eventually … sometimes curiousity wins out
Santa had his list….
our fur friends had had their close-ups and H.E.L.P. had a bit more funding for food and medical care for the cats and dogs under their care. All in all it was a very good day.