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December 2, 2009 > Christmas with pets

Christmas with pets

By Meenu Gupta
Photos By Carl Robinett

It is not just us, cute and adorable pets are in the holiday spirit too. Celebrate the festive season with Humane Society Silicon Valley's (HSSV) first-ever Holiday "Animal Arts" Craft Faire on Saturday, December 5. Dozens of vendors will showcase holiday offerings such as one-of-a-kind collars and leashes, totes, purses and bags, holiday cards, jewelry, and artwork. Vendors will donate a percentage of their proceeds to the HSSV.

The sweet sounds of live holiday music and smells of tempting holiday treats will fill the air as guests shop, sip mulled wine, and stroll past gifts and adoptable cats, dogs and rabbits in their home-like environments. Throughout the day, guests and their pets can have their photo taken with "Santa Paws" or in front of a holiday background. Kids can have their face painted, eat cotton candy and make holiday-themed crafts of their own.

"This unique 'Animal Art' holiday craft faire is the perfect event for animal lovers who want to do some holiday shopping and support homeless animals at the same time," said Laura Fulda, vice president of marketing and communications for HSSV. "Our motto is: buy a gift for the animal-lover in your life or buy a gift for the animal you love. All proceeds from the event will help us care for the thousands of animals that come through our doors each year." The event allows HSSV to showcase its one-of-a-kind Animal Community Center in a unique, fun way. "Lots of people have a preconceived idea of what an animal shelter is and isn't. Our Animal Community Center is truly unique. By hosting out-of-the box events like this, we encourage people visit our center and learn about all of the programs and services we offer to support the human-animal bond," said Fulda.

HSSV's Animal Community Center offers pet adoptions and foster care; a spay/neuter medical center; doggie daycare, boarding and grooming; education and volunteer programs, a dog park and training center; lost and found services, and a pet store. "We are so much more than an animal shelter," she said.

For more information visit and click Crafts Faire. Those interested in becoming a sponsor or a vendor for this event may contact: Jeannie Wu (408) 262.2133 ext. 184 or

Each year, HSSV cares for thousands of homeless animals until they can find them loving homes. HSSV has served Silicon Valley for 80 years and has adopted more than 500,000 animals into permanent, loving homes. HSSV is an "open door" shelter and accepts animals 24-hours a day, seven days a week. More information about HSSV can be found at or call (408).262.2133.

Holiday 'Animal Arts' Craft Faire
Saturday, December 5
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
HSSV Animal Community Center
901 Ames Ave., Milpitas

Admission free

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