Holiday Events that Include Your Pet

All events benefit Erie nonprofits

November 26, 2017

Does Fido want to get his holiday on? Good news! Your pet can meet Santa, the Grinch and even make his own ornament! 

Here's the details on where your pet — and the rest of the family — can get into the holiday season! 

Holiday Photos with the Grinch!

Benefitting: Erie Animal Wellness

Where: Mud Puppies, 3867 Peach St. 

When: Saturday, Dec. 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Details: HOPE will also have t-shirts for sale, a bake sale is possible, and some HOPE adoption pets will be in and out during the day! 100% of the sitting fee & proceeds benefit Hope for Erie Animal Wellness! Sitting Fee for pictures with the Grinch: Due at the time of the shoot. The sitting fee includes a free high resolution digital copy of your image(s). The image will be available for download. (Credit cards are able to be used for the sitting fee) $15 for 1 image or $25 for 2 images. See more info on Facebook. 

Pictures with Santa

Benefitting: ANNA Shelter

Where: Three locations


•Saturday, Dec. 2 from noon to 3 p.m. at Petsmart

•Saturday, Dec. 9 from noon to 3 p.m. at Tractor Supply on Upper Peach

•Saturday, Dec. 16 from noon to 3 p.m. at Pet Supplies Plus Buffalo Road

Details: Use your own camera or we can take one for you and text it you! Monetary donations accepted. Also in need of bleach laundry soap cat litter purina cat food pig ears clumping cat litter 39 gallon trash bags bleach wipes and gift cards.

Paws and Claws: Pet Photos with Santa

Benefitting: Humane Society of NWPA

Where: Humane Society of NWPA, 2407 Zimmerly Road

When: Sunday, Dec. 3 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Details: Bring your pet to Paws & Claus, for a photo with Santa! While you’re here, enjoy interactive stations with your pet. No appointment needed!​ Cost: $10 per photo and fee for activities.

Pet Photos With Santa

Benefitting: Because You Care

Where: Millcreek Mall, Center Court


•Monday, Dec.4 from 6 to 8 p.m.

•Monday, Dec. 11th from 4 to 6 p.m.

Details: Looking for a purr-fect holiday gift or keepsake? The Millcreek Mall Complex is partnering up with Because You Care to provide pet pictures with Santa.  Bring your special pet (on a leash or in a carrier).  Please use the Northwest Savings Bank entrance located adjacent to Sears.  Bring bows and bells to accessorize your animal’s holiday look! Cost ranges depending on your picture choice.

Santa Comes to the Ark

Benefitting: Because You Care

Where: Animal Ark Pet Hospital, 3024 W 12th St.

When: Saturday, Dec. 10 from 1 to 5 p.m.

Details: Santa will be at Animal Ark on Sunday December 10 from 1-5pm. Bring a donation for Because You Care and get your pet's picture taken with the jolly elf. Some items they need are canned dog food (grain-free), balls of all sizes, moist dog treats, Purina ONE cat food, paper

towels and liquid hand soap. A complete list can be found on our website at

Pictures With Santa Paws

Benefitting: Because You Care

Where: Three locations


•Saturday, Dec. 2 from noon to 3 p.m. at Pet Supplies Plus, West Erie Plaza

•Saturday, Dec. 9 from noon to 3 p.m. at Pet Supplies Plus, Harborcreek

•Saturday, Dec. 16 from noon to 3 p.m. at Countryside Agility, W. 38th St.

Details: Because You Care is offering professional style holiday photographs with your pets! Bring your pet and family along for pictures with (or without) Santa, your choice! For a $10 minimum donation, you can have up to three photos emailed to you or have a single photo printed on site. Additional prints are $5 each. For a $15 minimum donation, you will receive multiple photos on a flash drive to use how ever you wish!

Ornaprint Paint

Benefitting: Orphan Angels

Where: Claytopia, 924 West Erie Plaza Drive

When: Wednesday, Dec. 13 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Details: Join Karen at Claytopia for this fun & festive "OrnaPrint" paint benefiting Orphan Angels where you'll be able to Print, Paint, "Screen," Stamp or Stencil the perfect ornament for you! What design choice will you select? Each ornament is double-sided with lots of room on each side for customization. Each ornament comes with a gold hanger for hanging. Well-behaved cat or dog print, perfect choice! "Well-behaved" animals on leash or in carrier welcome during this event for prints! Screen for perfectly painted print, free-paint, stamp or stencil, perfect choices! All ornaments will be glazed, fired and ready for pick-up before Christmas! $20 per Ornament, includes all materials and studio fees. Pre-register by calling at 814-836-7722.

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