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Santa ready to pose with pets

Have your pets been naughty or nice this year? 

Commemorate either with a 2020 keepsake, a picture with Santa, on Saturday. 

Pet pictures with Santa Claus will be offered this Saturday, Dec. 19, at Citizens Tri-County Bank on Main Street, between 9 and 11 a.m. The event is a fundraiser for Helping Animals of Warren County, a nonprofit dedicated to helping pets. For a donation of $5, get your pet pictured with Santa and a treat. offers suggestions on prepping pets for pictures with Santa:

• Finding the picture-perfect pet outfit. While a costume or pet sweater isn’t necessary, dressing the pet in a holiday-themed outfit will probably make a better picture. However, the pet’s comfort and safety should be a priority. If they don’t want to wear a costume or antlers, don’t force it. 

• Handling crowds. Before the photo day, practice. If your pet isn’t used to being in a crowded place with unfamiliar people, animals and smells, it can be stressful for everyone involved. The animal’s favorite treats can help so bring some.

• Getting comfortable with Santa. Don’t rush the picture. Allow your pet time to get used to Santa. Allow Santa to chat with the pet and give it a treat. 

• Getting your pet to look at the camera. Once the pet is sitting pretty with Santa, slowly walk behind the photographer. If that action alone isn’t enough to get your pet’s attention, softly speak to them. 

Humans are asked to wear facemasks and social distance while waiting in line. Hand sanitizer will be available. For more information, call 931-743-7666 or visit HAWC on Facebook.