Picture purr-fect moments at OSPCA
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.
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.