Lydia Kautz

Junction City Union

Santa Paws is coming to town and you better watch out — he might lick you in the face.

Santa Paws, an annual fundraiser for Friends of Animals, will change locations this year, but much everything else will be similar to past events.

The event, which usually takes place at Orchsken’s, will be held at T.O. Haas at 808 S. Washington St., said FoA charter member Sally Mayes.

It runs from 9:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Nov. 30.

People will still be able to have their pets’ — or their own — holiday pictures taken with Santa Paws.

There will be small toy giveaways for pets, to be given away at a first-come, first-serve basis. There will also be several drawings for large prizes, such as gift baskets, including for an Amish-made dog bed. The dog bed, which is signed by the people who created it, is 23 x 17 in size.

Highlights, she said, will be a snowman made of tires painted white. Cookies and coffee will be available.

Santa Paws is, as some might have guessed by now, a dog. However, animals aside from dogs are welcome to come have their pictures taken with Santa. In the past, people have brought rabbits, horses, small pigs and chickens, Mayes said. Cats are also welcome, though Mayes ask that they be kept on a leash.

“Whatever you’ve got — or if you just want to come with your kids — we can take pictures,” she said. “We’re just happy to have them come and enjoy themselves.”

The cost will be $10 per photo, though donations are also accepted.

Friends of Animals hopes to bring in at least $1,000 through this yearly fundraiser, she said.

“We’re happy with anything because we can always use money — that’s for sure,” Mayes said.

Friends of Animals helps to provide vet services for pets of all kinds at the Junction City/Geary County Animal Shelter.

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