Pet lovers and their furry friends filled the Bookworm in Loveland Centre with good tidings on Dec. 6, as they took part in the annual Santa Paws event, raising almost $1,100 for Hearts United for Animals.
Santa and Mrs. Claus took pictures with pets from noon until 3 p.m. during the event. Pet owners had the option of purchasing one picture for $20 or two for $25.
“We had so much fun seeing pets get into the holiday spirit with their owners for such a great cause,” said Trent Ostrom, recruitment director of the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA).
All proceeds will be going to Hearts United for Animals, a national no-kill shelter, sanctuary and animal welfare organization. The nonprofit group’s major focus is to end overpopulation of domestic animals and the suffering of dogs in large breeding establishments. Hearts United for Animals is a 501(c)(3) organization that receives no government funding and exists solely on donations and the all-volunteer staff.
"A huge thanks to all that helped with this year’s Santa Paws,” said Karen Weber, faculty advisor for UNO PRSSA. It was especially exciting to hear numerous stories from attendees about how Hearts United for Animals had affected them personally."
The annual event is sponsored by UNO PRSSA. For the past nine years, students have planned the event and donated the proceeds to a local animal shelter or rescue group.
For more information, contact Bert Huebert at firstname.lastname@example.org or (402) 366-8234, or visit https://www.facebook.com/maverickPRSSA.