Children are always eager to get a picture next to Santa – and furry ones are no different. Visitings pets at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home in Old Windsor over the weekend of 3-4 December will be getting a one-in-a-year opportunity: a photoshoot with Santa Paws. small-pickle-2

Last year about 150 people took part to the one-day event, and it turned out to be so popular that Battersea staff has decided to make it last a whole weekend this year. The event will take place from 10:30am to 4:30pm both days; admission to Santa Paws, which includes one photograph, cost £4.50, with reduced prices for additional prints. This year’s theme for Battersea Old Windsor’s Santa’s Grotto will be ‘Christmas dining.’

Battersea Old Windsor’s Kennels and Cattery will be open as usual with normal admissions fees of – £2 for adults and £1 for children – applying.

Battersea Old Windsor Centre Manager Kaye Mughal says, “You don’t have to own a Battersea dog to come along to Santa Paws – all dog owners and their four-legged friends are welcome. Visitors can have their pooch photographed alone with Santa, or get the whole family involved for the ultimate Christmas card photoshoot. While guests wait for Father Christmas, they can try for a prize in the festive raffle, or stop for tea and cake amongst the tinsel.

“We currently have lots of dogs looking for new homes who are very happy to live with other dogs – so if you’re thinking of expanding your canine family, this is also a great chance to come and meet some of our lovely waggy-tailed residents.”


Images by Battersea Dogs & Cats Home.


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