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Pet Assistance hosts 'Pet Photos with Santa' this Saturday

Posted: December 2, 2009 10:32 p.m.
Updated: December 3, 2009 12:00 p.m.

Becca Kadzoy, 14, right, gives Savanah, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy, to Cameron he prepares to have his photo taken with her and 1-year-old Cooper.

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Every year, Santa Clarita Chapter of Pet Assistance Foundation of California holds two "Pet Photos with Santa" events. The first was this past Saturday. The second is this Saturday, December 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in Canyon Country, at the "Pet Stop" store located at the corner of Sand Canyon and Soledad Canyon roads, in the "Vons" Shopping Center, across the parking lot from the Von's store.

A photo or Christmas cards of your children, your animals, even yourself, by yourself, or with Santa Claus will be available to take this Saturday, with 100% of the price tax deductable, and 100% going to animal welfare right here in our Valley.

Eleven people, all unpaid but highly skilled volunteers, all absolutely necessary, were on site last Saturday, and will be on site this coming Saturday to produce what we think is extraordinary value for all our "customers". No appointment is necessary, and most folks are in and out in about 30 minutes.

One hundred percent of the contributions to the local Chapter of Pet Assistance go right into animal welfare work here in the Santa Clarita Valley. Pet Assistance has no paid staff. Our only overhead is for a telephone.

In addition to the fully costumed Santa, there is our top notch photographer, Zoe-Anne Fitzhugh, who is equipped with the latest, state of the art digital Nikon camera. To get the best shots, Zoe will stand, stoop, bend, kneel or lay down, and then take anywhere from 5 to 50 or more shots, as necessary, all to get at least one priceless photo of each subject.

You then pay only for the picutures you want to keep. Zoe spends so much time kneeling for good shots that she has to wear construction knee pads.

Immediately after your 5 to 50 pictures are taken, you will then move to one of two computer stations, staffed by computer experts Arnie Kazdoy and Bruce McFarland. Arnie and Bruce will then show you, on high resolution LCD computer monitors, each and every one of the just taken pictures, so that you may choose just the ones you want.

In the event that none exactly fit your desires, we are pleased to shoot the photos again as many times as necessary, so that "perfect shot" can be yours.

Once you decide on which pictures you like, you may then have them in a huge array of options, including wallet sized, 4x6's, 8x10's, Christmas Cards, and more. Prices start at only $10.

Bruce McFarland spends as much time as necessary on the photos you choose, cropping, editing out "red eye" zooming in or out, and more, all to make sure your result is of the highest professional quality.

Our picture subjects can be anything you wish. Sometimes we have had as many as ten animals in one photo with Santa. Two to four dogs or cats, with or with out adults and children are all very frequent, and all are most welcome by all eleven of us.

To help children and animals feel safe, welcome, and at ease, we have some of the most caring people and animal lovers found anywhere on site to help position the animals, walk someones dog as necessary, help get the best shots by waving streamers, ringing bells, or doing anything necessary to get that "one perfect shot".

Local animal rescue legend Linda Furlano is joined by Rebecca Kazdoy and other children and animal lovers, all of whom extend a warm holiday welcome to all, regardless of leg number, and make certain that everyone's animals and people are safe and cared for.

Charmaine Posten is the long time, Volunteer President of Santa Clarita Chapter of the Pet Assistance Foundation of California, and oversees the entire operation.

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