Organizers are busy clearing a path for Santa’s sled to land at the Pontotoc Animal Welfare Society Dec. 16, where Jolly old Saint Nick is expected to stick around and pose for photos with visitors and their pets from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. during the annual P.A.W.S. Open House event.
Visitors are encouraged to bring their two- and four-legged children in to P.A.W.S., 1200 Sandy Creek Drive in Ada, for a 4-inch by 6-inch photo with Santa. Photos are $10 apiece and all proceeds will benefit P.A.W.S. Visitors who have no pets of their own are welcome to have one or more of the many lovable pets at P.A.W.S. join them in their photo.
P.A.W.S. rules require all pets to be leashed or crated and prohibit the admission of aggressive animals.
“It’s important to get people out and spread the word about P.A.W.S.,” said P.A.W.S. Assistant Manager Taylor Ivy. “We want the community to know more about P.A.W.S. so they’ll come see our animals and adopt them.”
Veterinarian Kay Helms, who spays and neuters animals as part of a low-cost community service provided by P.A.W.S., said it’s important for people to understand it’s Christmas time for animals, too.
“Although PAWS is an animal shelter, they still get overcrowded and are inundated with animals that need homes but, locally, there just aren’t enough homes for every one of them,” Helms said.
Ivy encourages visitors to speak with P.A.W.S. staff and volunteers during the open house about adoption, but said she wants to make sure people understand that adopting an animal is a long-term commitment.
“They may be cute and small little puppies and kittens right now,” Ivy said. “But they will grow up.”
While giving a cuddly puppy or kitten as a Christmas gift can be a touching and heartwarming gesture, Ivy said, it’s also a commitment to care for the animal into adulthood.
For those who want to do more than visit, P.A.W.S. officials said donations are needed and always welcome.
For more information or to make a donation, contact P.A.W.S. at (580) 332-5233.