According to a national PetSmart survey, nearly half of all pet parents plan to include their pets in their family holiday photos. PetSmart offers the perfect opportunity for pets and their parents to spend quality time together by posing for a picture with Santa at PetSmarts Annual Santa Claws Photo Event.

For $9.95, PetPerks members can capture the festivities with a digital photo and collector holiday-themed frame, and $5 from every photo package will benefit a local animal welfare organization.

The event will be held in all PetSmart stores from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec., 12-13 and Dec. 19-20.

*Note: PetSmart stores in New Jersey will hold the event the first three weekends of December on Friday and Saturday. Friday event hours are 6 to 9 p.m. and Saturday event hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. New Jersey event dates include: Dec. 11-12 and Dec. 18-19.

IMPORTANT NOTE:


Carefully evaluate whether this event is appropriate for your cat before you go. If your cat is unaccustomed to or afraid of dogs, or is timid by nature, it may not be a fun experience for your cat… or you.

Take your cat in a secure carrier, and if she appears to be experiencing stress, be willing to cancel and return home.

And of course, make sure your cat is tagged and microchipped.

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