Traditions are a big part of every holiday. While some people flock to bring their children to sit for a picture on Santa’s lap in time for Christmas, others opt for bringing their pets to pose with Jolly Old Saint Nick. Not every children’s venue is pet-friendly, so frustration can mount if you don’t know where to go or have missed your usual event and are in search of an alternate or even someplace new. The following are some of this writer’s picks for 2015. You may want to check ahead of time: most pet-friendly venues are kid friendly as well.
Saturday, November 28 from 12 pm – 3 pm join Bikers Against Animal Cruelty for their annual “Pet Pics with Biker Santa” at Gengras Harley-Davidson, located at 221 Governor Street in East Hartford, CT. A $10 donation will include your picture and a festive frame. Additional copies are $5. For more information, click here.
Saturday, December 5th and Sunday, December 6th from 10 am – 4 pm on both days, H3 Pet Supply, located at 475 Hawley Lane in Stratford, CT, will be donating the proceeds from this event to Thank Dog Rescue and Stratford Cat Project. The cost is $10 per digital photo and $15 per printed photo (cash only). Digital photos will be emailed to you within a couple of days and printed photos will take about a week. Pets, people and people without pets are welcome. For more details, click here.
Sunday, December 6 from 12 pm – 4 pm A Hand For A Paw will be hosting Pet Photos with Santa Paws at the Pet Value located at 37 Monroe Turnpike in Trumbull, CT. Furry, scaly, feathered, and finned friends are welcome. $15 per photo, which will be emailed (other options will be available). For further information, click here.
Sunday, December 6 from 11 am – 3 pm for anyone a little closer to the Massachusetts side of the state, or if you are looking for a new family member, you can combine your efforts at Sweetpea Friends of Rutland Animals, located at 1090 Pleasant Street in Paxton, MA. All are welcome to attend. For $10 you can have your picture taken with Santa and his Elf or you can take your own picture. BONUS: there may be sightings of Juno and Burt! To find out more click here.
Sunday, December 13 from 12 pm to 2 pm, Pet Playhouse, located at 1656 Meriden Waterbury Turnpike in Milldale, CT will be welcoming all for their annual pics with Santa. This is a free, customer appreciation event. Pet Playhouse was voted Southington’s Best Pet Supply Store for 2015, so while you are there, be sure to check out the selection of toys and treats for the pets on your Christmas list as well as the pre-wrapped baskets for pets and pet people. Call (860) 426-9640 to learn more.