Local dogs smile for Santa
COLUMBIA – Treats Unleashed hosted “Milk and Cookies” Saturday to benefit Everything Greyt, a greyhound rescue organization.
Dogs and their owners could take pictures with Santa and enjoy pet-friendly cookies and milk. There was not a set rate for the photos with Santa, but people were encouraged to donate what they could to Everything Greyt.
“We try to get as many donations as possible because this is the time when everyone is in need and they could use a little extra help,” store manager Tawny Baker said.
The donations go towards traditional items such as food and paper towels, but money is also used for medicine to keep the greyhounds healthy and adoptable.
Baker said they host the event every year to give dog owners in the community a place to celebrate the holidays with their pets.
“There’s not many places where you can go have fun with your dog,” Baker said. “It’s a really fun atmosphere in here. You can’t come in here without a smile on your face.”
Samantha Reed said she normally takes her dogs, Koba and Kiska, to Bass Pro for pictures with Santa, but when she saw the Treats Unleashed event on Facebook she decided to get pictures taken somewhere new and support local animals while doing it.
“It’s fun to get pictures and post them and hang them up on the fridge,” Reed said.
Baker said she had a hectic day keeping up with the event, but it was worth it to bring attention to dogs that need to be adopted.
“A lot of people like to buy dogs, but we also like people to see the ones that can also adopt and help.” Baker said.
Reed adopted one of her dogs from the Columbia Humane Society and said she knows the importance of giving dogs a loving home.
“Especially this time of year people are getting puppies and once they aren’t puppies people don't want them as much,” Reed said “Why not get a dog for $25 that will love you, probably, more because it’s wanting the love so much?”