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Furry Friends Pay Visit to Santa ‘Paws’

Fundraiser benefits W.O. fire company, animal shelter

By Sarah Turnbull
The Tube City Almanac
November 29, 2021
Posted in: White Oak News

Santa greets visitors during the annual Pet Pics event at White Oak Volunteer Fire Co. on Sunday. The event raised money for the fire department and White Oak Animal Safe Haven. (Sarah Turnbull photo for Tube City Almanac)

For Amy Bower and her family, taking their pets to see Santa is a time-honored Christmas tradition.

“We live close by, and we’ve gone every year,” Bower said. “The people are nice, and it’s for a good cause.”

Sammy, an 11-year-old West Highland White Terrier, was one of several pets to get his picture taken with Santa on Sunday, when White Oak Animal Safe Haven hosted its annual Pet Pics event at the White Oak Volunteer Fire Co.

Sammy, an 11-year-old West Highland White Terrier owned by Amy Bower, was one of the pets who had his photo taken with Santa Claus on Sunday. (Sarah Turnbull photo for Tube City Almanac)

Volunteer Lynne Jesko stated that the Pet Pics event has raised funds for the shelter and spread Christmas joy to the community for over 15 years.

“It makes the community aware of both the White Oak Volunteer Fire Co. and the shelter,” volunteer Karen Pastore said. “That way [the fundraiser] gives back to both instead of just one entity.”

Members of the public could bring their dogs and cats in to have their picture taken with Santa, as well as shop for pet supplies, treats and costumes.

Darlene Skorupski brought her 4-year-old Chihuahua mix Marley to Pet Pics because she wanted to show her appreciation for the shelter.

“I rescued him, but sometimes I think he rescued me. I think it’s a wonderful thing (the shelter is) doing,” Skorupski said.

To learn more about the White Oak Animal Safe Haven, visit them online or call (412) 672-8901.

Marley waits to have his photo taken. (Sarah Turnbull photo for Tube City Almanac)

Sarah Turnbull is a freelance writer in Irwin. She can be reached at sarahturnbull323@gmail.com.

Originally published November 29, 2021.

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