Santa Paws is coming to town

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Article Published: Nov. 14 | Modified: Nov. 14
Santa Paws is coming to town

Santa and Mrs. Claus return to the High Country Nov. 22 and Dec. 7 for the Watauga Humane Society’s annual Santa Paws benefit, in which families and their pets can pose with the duo for keepsake photos. All proceeds benefit the Watauga Humane Society.

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Students at Appalachian State University will host Santa Paws, a family and pet portrait session with Santa, on Friday, Nov. 22.

All proceeds will benefit the Watauga Humane Society.

Santa Paws is an annual event that invites local animal lovers to bring their four-legged (and two-legged) loved ones to enjoy a night of holiday fun and have their family and pet portrait taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Soft drinks and hot cider will be served, and a bake sale will offer special holiday treats and homemade dog treats. In addition, the SNIPS Homecrafted Holiday Sale will be up and running for folks to gather gifts for friends and loved ones, and stockings will be strung throughout the facility welcoming donations of toys and treats.

The event runs from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Irma Baker Lyons Adoption Center at 312 Paws Way in Boone. The event is free to the public, with photographs available for $20 or $10 for students.
A second Santa Paws session and the annual Watauga Humane Society Open House will be held at the same location Saturday, Dec. 7, from 1 to 4 p.m.

Attendees are invited to bring donations, such as toys, treats, blankets and food, to stuff the animals’ stockings.

The Santa Paws event was organized by students in the ASU Department of Interdisciplinary Studies’ Introduction to Not-for-Profit Management class in an effort to raise money and awareness for the Watauga Humane Society and the homeless animals it shelters.

According to its mission statement, the Watauga Humane Society aims “to provide a facility where the public can bring unwanted and abandoned animals; relieve suffering among animals and provide food, shelter, medical care and love to homeless dogs and cats, while they await permanent homes; help control the number of unwanted animals by offering low-cost spay/neuter services; and educate the public about responsible animal ownership and care.”

For more information about Santa Paws, contact Shannon Cowan at ( , visit, or call (828) 264-7865.

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