Hammond, IN (November 15, 2013) – The South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority will once again be holding Wag Your Tail Wednesdays in conjunction with the “A Christmas Story” Comes Home exhibit. On Wednesday Nov. 27, Dec. 11, and Dec. 18 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., well-behaved cats and dogs will be able to have their picture taken with Santa.
This unique opportunity is offered for $5 per photo and will directly benefit a local animal rescue. Participants are encouraged to bring in donations for the organizations. Additionally, $1 from each pet photo will be donated to the rescue.
In addition to Wag Your Tail Wednesdays, Santa will begin visiting the Indiana Welcome Center on Friday, Nov. 29 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Visitors will be able to get their photo taken atop Santa’s Mountain from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays leading up to Christmas. Before his yearly flight around the world, Santa will be at the Indiana Welcome Center on Dec. 23 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and on Dec. 24 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for photos. Each 4x6 photo costs $5.
The “A Christmas Story” Comes Home exhibit, which is presented in agreement with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, will run through Sunday, Jan. 5. The Indiana Welcome Center is open seven days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and is located at the intersection of I-80/94 and Kennedy Avenue South in Hammond.
For more information on Wag Your Tail Wednesdays, photos with Santa, the exhibit, weekend and holiday hours or special events, contact Bethany Randolph, special events and services manager for the South Shore CVA, at 219-554-2229 or visit www.achristmasstorycomeshome.com .
The Porter County Animal Shelter will kick-off their Homes For The Holidays feline adoption program on Black Friday, November 29th. The first thirty qualified adopters who will give a homeless cat or kitten a forever home will receive a $15 Pet Supplies Plus Gift Card! The gift card can help make your cat's new home ready with litter, litter trays and food! Every adoptable cat and kitten qualifies for the program, but hurry because only the first 30 qualified adopters will receive the gift card!
“Because we experienced a late kitten season, our cat room is overflowing with nearly 100 cats and kittens,” stated Shelter Director Jon Thomas. “With such a wide variety of ages, breeds and colors it is hard to imagine that cat lovers won't be able to find that very special cat or kitten that they are looking for.”
The Homes For The Holiday feline adoption program begins on Black Friday, November 29th and runs until thirty of the cats and kittens are adopted. The adoption fee for cats and kittens is $50. Each adopting family is provided with a spay/neuter certificate, if applicable, that is honored by most local veterinarians. All potential adopters must complete an adoption application and are subject to the approval by Shelter staff. Many (but not all) of the adoptable cats or kittens can be seen on PetFinder or in the Adoptable Cats photo album on the Shelter's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/portercountyanimalshelter .
The Porter County Animal Shelter is located at 2056 Heavilin Road in Valparaiso. Shelter hours are Noon until 6:00pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; Noon until 7:00pm on Thursday; and Noon until 4:00pm on Saturday and Sunday. The Shelter is closed to the public on Mondays.