Pic­ture purr-fect mo­ments at OSPCA

Seaway News - - NEWS - Adam Brazeau

CORN­WALL, On­tario – House pets on their best be­hav­iour cud­dled up to Santa Claus for a fam­ily por­trait that will ul­ti­mately save another an­i­mal’s life.

Fancy fe­lines, ta­lented hounds and a few crit­ters showed off their best side at the ‘Pic­ture with Santa’ fundraiser for the On­tario So­ci­ety for the Preven­tion of Cru­elty to An­i­mals (OSPCA) Stor­mont, Dundas and Glen­garry branch.

Dozens of fam­i­lies lined up to cap­ture some hol­i­day cheer with their furry friends in a keep­sake that will make a great Christ­mas card.

So­phie Lemay, an­i­mal care at­ten­dant for the OSPCA, is the pho­tog­ra­pher at the pop­u­lar an­nual event which has been a draw for decades.

Lemay and her part­ner, Mike Bis­son, took their three dogs that were adopted from the shel­ter too.

“Most peo­ple think it’s hec­tic, but there’s never a dull mo­ment. Our home is full of life,” she said.

Lemay and Bis­son even met at the shel­ter when he adopted two-year-old Zeus, a mix of Ger­man Shep­herd and Great Dane. Zeus was taken in by an­i­mal con­trol at four months old and was scared of hu­mans. Now he’s a wellad­justed pooch.

“I saved the dog and the dog saved me as well,” said Bis­son.

Carol Link, OSPCA branch man­ager, said the two-event is a fun way to make a dona­tion that helps with food costs, spays, neuters and their gen­eral op­er­a­tions.

“We rely solely on fundrais­ing and donor dol­lars com­ing into our doors to be able to keep them open,” she said.

Link feels the hol­i­days are a great time to bring a pet into the fam­ily. Their web­site is con­stantly up­dated with im­ages of the an­i­mals at the shel­ter.

“If you’re look­ing for a pet you will find one at the shel­ter and you will be sav­ing an an­i­mal’s life,” said Link.

‘Pic­tures with Santa’ took place on Satur­day, Nov. 30 and Sun­day, Dec. 1.

Adam Brazeau

Pet own­ers flocked to the On­tario So­ci­ety for the Preven­tion of Cru­elty to An­i­mals (OSPCA) Stor­mont, Dundas and Glen­garry branch for the an­nual ‘Pic­tures with Santa’ fundraiser. Pic­tured (left): So­phie Lemay, OSPCA an­i­mal care at­ten­dant and pho­tog­ra­pher, Sonny, Santa Claus, Zeus, Mike Bis­son and Zeus.

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