On Saturday, Dec. 2nd, the Animal Welfare League of Scioto County (AWLSC) held their eleventh annual Pet Photos with Santa event alongside Portsmouth Feed and Supply.
The event lasted from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, giving pet parents the opportunity to get their pet’s photo taken with “Santa Paws” and their choice of photo package for just $15. The proceeds from the event went towards the league’s spay/neuter program, which helps offer reduced cost spay and neutering to households on low or fixed incomes.
The Animal Welfare League is an organization based in Scioto County, with their main concern being the well-being of all animals. The League was incorporated in 1985 with the purpose of bettering the lives of animals in the Portsmouth area.
“We have 38 members, and 5 trustees,” Judy Cooper of AWLSC said. “As far as our programs go, we have an ongoing spray and neuter program to assist those of fixed or low income, we donate cat and dog food to local food pantries, and this year we’ve provided straw for outdoor dog houses. We do a vaccination clinic in the spring, and shots start at around $5 or $6. The vaccination clinic is the first Saturday in May and is open to everybody. We have four different sites throughout the county, and we have a vet at each site to give the shots. We offer annual boosters, heartworm testing and other vaccines for dogs and cats.”
“Our main concern is sharing the importance of getting your pets spayed and neutered, for both overpopulation in shelters and strays and for the well-being of the animal. We also want to promote the importance of keeping pets, pets are forever. You adopt them when they are little and you keep them until they’re old,” Cooper said.
“Really this wouldn’t be possible without the graciousness of Portsmouth Feed and Supply. We are very grateful for them to continue to host this fundraiser for us. “Jackie Servidea of AWLSC said.
The Animal Welfare League of Scioto County is always looking for new members, and meetings are held monthly at the Portsmouth Public Library.
For anyone who wishes to donate to the league, they are a non-profit organization and any donations are tax deductible.
Reach: Ivy Potter (740) 353-3101 Extension 1932