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(Deptford, NJ) - The Gloucester County Animal Shelter, PET SAVERS, and the two PetsMart stores in Deptford Township will hold three 'photo-opportunity' weekends for pets and their owners to have their holiday picture taken with Santa 'Claws'.

 The Santa Claws Photo Opportunities' will all be held from 11 am to 4 pm at PetsMart in the Deptford Crossing Shopping Center, Clements Bridge Road on:

Saturday, December 8th, Sunday, December 9th, and

Saturday, December 15th and Sunday, December 16th

 And from 11 am to 4  pm at the PetsMart in the Deptford Landing Shopping Center (new), Clements Bridge Road:

Saturday, December 1st, Sunday, December 2nd

Saturday, December 8th, Sunday, December 9th, and

Saturday, December 15th and Sunday, December 16th

 The cost of the photo is $9.95 and $5.00 from each photo package sold benefits homeless animals at the Gloucester County Animal Shelter, the rest will pay for film and materials.

 "The holiday season is about having some fun and helping out those less fortunate.  For under $10 you can have some fun with your pet and make a donation to the Gloucester County Animal Shelter," said Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney.  "We have a lot of county employees and volunteers who go above and beyond to help find animals at the shelter a good home throughout the year, and they really go all out during the holidays," said Sweeney.,

 Guest Santa's this year will include Bill Lombardi, Gloucester County Animal Shelter Director and family (Dec. 16th), and Ken Atkinson and family, Director of the Office of Land Preservation, Judy Hibbs of the Animal Shelter and a founder of PET SAVERS, Donna DeForrest of Emergency Management and many other county employees.  Shelter staff and many county employees will volunteer as elves, photographers and 'Santa'.

 "We are fortunate to have such great corporate neighbors with PetsMart and that they have now grown to two locations where they will hold on site adoptions for us," said Freeholder Frank DiMarco, liaison to the County Animal Shelter.

 "Our Animal Shelter has a very challenging job and this is a fun way that they raise funds and awareness of the Shelter.  If you bring your pet in for a photo with Santa you can start a new holiday tradition and the proceeds will go to a great cause," DiMarco said.