PETS ON PARADE: Sunshine Coast Animal Refuge are offering Christmas pictures for the whole family.
PETS ON PARADE: Sunshine Coast Animal Refuge are offering Christmas pictures for the whole family. Contributed

Animal shelter gives families opportunity for all-inclusive Xmas photo

THIS Christmas, the Sunshine Coast Animal Refuge is giving families the opportunity to feature everybody in their holiday photo, even the furrier family members.

Animals of all kinds are being welcomed down to the refuge on November 27 for an all-inclusive family picture with Santa, something pet owners don't often have the chance to do.

"It's a really great opportunity to get great photos with the whole family,” refuge manager Penny Brischke said.

"We even had some people bring their horses last year.”

"They wouldn't have been able to do that anywhere else.”

Ms Brischke said all proceeds from the day will go towards housing new kittens as the shelter struggles to keep up with "kitten season”, a period following spring where an influx of abandoned un-desexed cats and kittens come through their gates.

"So far we've got about seven mother cats and their litters into foster care already,” she said.

"But at one point last year we had 50 cats and kittens out.”

Everyone who comes along for a photo will also have the opportunity to look around for another potential addition to the family.

Unfortunately, Ms Brischke said, most of their new kittens will be too young to adopt but there will be plenty of other animals in need of a home for Christmas.

"Everybody loves a kitten, but they just need to remember a pet is for life.”

Food, drinks and a variety of pet treats will be available on the day, and photos will be taken by Coast photographer Trudy Norwood from 9am until 1pm.


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