BURTON — The Humane Society of Genesee County presents its 7th annual Holiday of Hope event Dec. 2, and the staff at the organization hopes the event will be positive for both humans and animals.
“People can’t normally go to the mall with their animals,” Brooks said. “If people don’t have kids and their animal is their kid, they want to be able to get their pet’s picture with Santa also. Kids can come take pictures with Santa and their pet, too.”
Pet pictures with Santa will be avail- able for $5.
Christmas decorating items, a bag of Humane Society items (hats, T-shirts, etc.), a cat basket, a dog basket and items such as candles and cupcakes donated by vendors will be raffled off there.
“People will enjoy the raffles because there are a wide variety of items being offered, and everybody likes to win things,” Brooks said. “Plus, they can give the items they win as Christmas gifts.”
Raffle tickets can be purchased at the event for $1 for one ticket, $5 for 6 tickets or $10 for 15 tickets.
Donated, homemade cookies of various types will be sold.
Although Brooks said the event is held mostly to get people into the shelter, proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Genesee County.
Animal adoption specials will be offered, including buy one get one free specials on cats and kittens, specials on single cats and kittens and $50 off larger adult dogs.
All animals come spayed or neutered, microchipped, have had at least one set of shots, get a free health exam they can have within the first 10 days of adoption and the new owner gets coupons from pet stores.
“If the animal has been at the shelter a long time, they may be offered at a lower price,” Brooks said. “Our goal is to do 30 adoptions for the day. We want the animals to find a home, but we want them to find a good home. That’s why we generally don’t offer free animals.”
The first 25 people who come to Holiday of Hope can get a free microchip for pets they already have, which is a shot the animals get in between their shoulder blades which contains the owner’s information in case the pets get lost. Brooks said microchipping is important to the Humane Society of Genesee County because the shelter gets a lot of strays who don’t have microchips and the owners can’t be found.
Animal vendors will include Midwestern Pet Foods and Best Breed Pet Foods, from which free samples will be offered. Sugar High Bakery usually makes and sell dogs treats, as well as treats for people.
Other vendors include Gold Canyon Candles, Country Candles, Premiere Jewelry, Scentsy candles and scents and LuLaRoe clothing. “It’s nice to see the animals get adopted at this time of year so they can be with the family for the holidays,” Brooks said. “We hope people will understand pets are a lifelong commitment, not just a Christmas present. If 30 animals find a home, that’s 30 more spots we have in case other animals need to come to the shelter.”