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York pets visit Santa at SPCA
On Saturday afternoon, the York County SPCA was filled with people and their animal companions.
From the outside, it might have seemed like a normal day, but that was not the case.
Santa himself had stopped by to take pictures with the various furry friends and their people, with all proceeds going back to the SPCA.
Three hours into his visit, more than 80 pet owners had stopped by for a photo op with Kris Kringle.
Pictures: Kay Kelly, outreach chair for the SPCA, said each year Santa's stop brings in a lot of people. Saturday was no exception.
"In the morning, we had them waiting up the steps," she said.
Saturday was the 10th year for the fundraiser. For $5 a picture, people could have their pet pose individually or with them. Many people were opting to have their pet go in solo or with another animal, but a few people joined their pets in front of the camera.
Danielle McNamee, of Dover, brought her 2-year-old beagle mix, Ty, to meet Santa. McNamee adopted Ty two years ago from the SPCA.
"I think he really likes Santa," she said.
McNamee even had Ty wear a small Christmas tree hat for the photo.
This year was her first time attending the photo session with Santa. Having adopted from the SPCA, McNamee said she was happy to give back.
"I think it's awesome," she said.
While most people stopping by brought their dogs for photos, some brought their cats. Kelsey Czajka of York City brought her two 1-year-old tortoiseshell cats, Chloe and Olivia.
"This is their first visit," she said.
Czajka said she saw the event online and decided to jump on it.
"I could've dressed them up at home, but I was like, 'There's Santa, and this goes to a good cause,'" she said.
In years past, the SPCA has taken photos of snakes, bearded dragons and even once a skunk, according to Dan Sowers, of Camp Hill. Sowers, a volunteer with the SPCA, has been the photographer for the fundraiser since it started.
"It's pretty much the most gratifying thing I've ever done," he said.
Upcoming: For those who missed Saturday's photo opportunity, Santa will stop at the SPCA once again, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday.
Additionally, on Saturday, Dec. 17, the SPCA will be lit up with luminaries from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. People may donate toward luminaries in honor of current or past pets. For more information on the SPCA, check www.facebook.com/YorkCoSPCA.
— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.