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Santa Paws Pet Photos Return to the Cypress Hotel

The Cypress Hotel and several other Bay Area locations offer free photos or for a low fee the money benefits pet-friendly charities.

Now that the holiday season is here, there are loads of opportunities to get a festive photo snapped of Fido or Fluffy to share with friends and family. And as a bonus, several of these photo sittings benefit local animal shelters and rescue groups.

at the corner of De Anza and Stevens Creek Boulevards brings back its free Santa Paws pet photo opp on Dec. 10 and 11. Parent company, Kimpton Hotels, donates money to multiple pet rescue and care organizations across the country.

Bring your pet, any pet—they say if the pet can fit through the door it's welcome in the lobby—and your camera; they supply the bearded guy in red. Hours are from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.

If you can't wait until then, the weekend of Saturday, Dec. 3 and Sunday, Dec. 4, has photos with Santa from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Donations of $10 or more are more are requested to help the animals at Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority (SVACA). Pictures will be available immediately. For more information, visit the Friends of SVACA website.

And in Los Gatos on Saturday, Dec. 3 and Saturday, Dec. 10, Pet Food Express is offering photos with Santa from noon to 4 p.m. The cost is $10 for one photo and $15 for two and all of the proceeds go to Unconditional Love Animal Rescue.  The Los Gatos Pet Food Express is located at 15466 Los Gatos Blvd.

On Sunday, Dec. 11 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Santa Paws will be at Santana Row in San Jose for photos with your furry one. Photos are $20 and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Humane Society Silicon Valley. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. in Park Valencia (located in the courtyard outside of Maggiano's and Starbucks).

There are also non-charitable pet photo opportunities around the South Bay during the next few weeks. On Dec. 3, All Action Photo will be at Okashi Barkery in Campbell, on Dec. 10 at Club Belly Rub located at 206 N. Bascom Ave. in San Jose and on Dec. 18 at Dr. Dave’s Doggy Day Care in Campbell. Photo packages start at $15 and final photographs would be mailed to your home in time for Christmas.

Pet of the Week

This week’s pet in need of a loving home is Wendy, a Chihuahua and Parson (Jack) Russell Terrier mix. She’s just over 1 year old and is full of affection and personality and she’d love to spend the holidays with you on your lap.

For more information about Wendy and other dogs available for adoption, visit the Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority website.

Mike Darwin December 01, 2011 at 05:35 PM
Really enjoy the pet stories. Thanks

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