Andrea Mamaux is a member of Leavenworth Animal Welfare Society. In this Q5, she talks about the upcoming Christmas Portraits with Father Christmas for pets and their humans.

Andrea Mamaux is a member of Leavenworth Animal Welfare Society. In this Q5, she talks about the upcoming Christmas Portraits with Father Christmas for pets and their humans.

1. When and where will the Christmas portraits sponsored by Leavenworth Animal Welfare Society be? How much does it cost?
The event is at Kansas Country Store, 728 Cherokee St., in Leavenworth on  Nov. 4 from 1-4 p.m. For questions, call 913-651-5297. The suggested contribution is $20.

2. Who will be taking the pictures and what photo sizes can people choose from?
We are really fortunate that Jay Carey, a professional photographer, is always willing to donate his time and talent to help LAWS with this special event. One can select several different picture sizes. Extra copies can always be ordered.

3. Are the photos with Father Christmas a good way for pet lovers to capture a fun and festive moment with their fur babies?
We are often amazed how well the animals are actually posing for the pictures and how excited and proud their owners are. Jay does a great job capturing the special looks, no matter if it is with show chickens, a donkey or a guinea pig.
This year a more nostalgic Father Christmas will be helping us again. We are excited that Tim Mendenhall will be there to listen to the pets’ Christmas wish list.

4. Can families pose with their pets for keepsake pictures?
Absolutely. Whoever wants to be in the picture can be. We have several families who attend this event every year, and it is kind of nice to see how the kids have grown and their family pets have turned from pups or kittens to mature furry kids now.

5. What will the money be used for and how will it help area animals?
The majority of the money will be going to the LAWS free spay and neuter program and the medical fund to help pets whose owners have fallen on hard times and cannot afford vet care if their pet becomes sick.
So far, more than 12,000 dogs and cats residing in Leavenworth County have been spayed and neutered for free in the LAWS program.
Think about how many unwanted litters that prevented. We are thankful for all the loyal supporters and volunteers who are continuously helping us to offer our much needed programs.
– Rimsie McConiga