Pets are forever in your heart, and one of the ways to always preserve their memory is to have their photos taken. The Animal Welfare League has come up with a very popular way to do that. It’s Pet Photos With Santa at Portsmouth Feed and Supply on Second Street in Portsmouth.
“We do this to help the situation with the animals,” John Rice, operator of Portsmouth Feed and Supply, said. “We enjoy it. Phyllis (Rice) takes the pictures. She just loves fooling with the pets.”
Betty Everitt had her dog Rosalie decked out in beautiful hair accessories perfect for the holidays and the camera. Phyllis Rice was behind the camera while Darren Virgin wore red and white for the event and held the pets.
“I’ve been doing this 11 years,” Virgin said. “I do it because I like it. I love animals.”
Amber Davis of the Animal Welfare League was all smiles.
“We’ve had this for 10 years, and the Rice’s (owners of Portsmouth Feed and Supply) granddaughter Chelsea actually came up with the idea,” Davis said. “The sign that we advertise with is a design that she came up with. That was 10 years ago and we’ve kept it ever since. She wanted to do something to help the league, and she came up with the idea to have Pet Photos With Santa and have all the proceeds to to the league.”
Davis said the Animal Welfare League does a lot of work in the community.
“We support the Scioto County Dog Pound and promote adoption through the pound,” Davis said. “We also have vaccination clinics the first Saturday in May and the first Saturday in June. We want to see as many pets in Scioto County get vaccinated as possible.”
Davis said the league has a reduced spay and neuter program that people can apply for as well.
“It is based on their financial needs,” Davis said. “We also have a pet food pantry through the St. Francis Outreach. We routinely give them pet food they can distribute to people in times of their own emergency and need to feed their animals with.”
Linda Howell, President of the Animal Welfare League said the state of Ohio has recently passed a law that makes it a felony to abuse a domestic animal.
“We want to remind law enforcement that we now have that law on the books,” Howell said.
Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewis.