Seeing Santa is a holiday tradition for many families. But people with pets may not be able to find a Santa who’s willing to listen to the wishlist of the four-legged family members. That’s why many Mud Bay store managers commit to hosting Santa photo events in their stores at least once a year. These events have a Santa willing to listen to your pet’s wishlist and pose for a photo commemorating the occasion.
While some of these events are staffed by our local Mud Bay store, many of the Santa photo events are in partnership with a local animal rescue organization. Shelters often become overcrowded during the holiday season, and the donations help fund the care that these animals need.
Saturday, December 1st at 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Mud Bay Lakeway (1022 Lakeway Drive, Bellingham, Washington): Benefiting Whatcom Humane Society
Saturday, December 1st at 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Mud Bay Timberland (11830 NW Cedar Falls Drive Ste 114, Portland): Benefiting Indigo Rescue
Sunday, December 2nd at 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Mud Bay Lakeway (1022 Lakeway Drive, Bellingham, Washington): Benefiting Whatcom Humane Society
Sunday, December 2nd at 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Mud Bay Broadway at Pike (1514 Broadway, Seattle): Benefiting MEOW Cat Rescue
Since 1902, Whatcom Humane Society has been caring for animals in Whatcom County. Unlike other shelters, Whatcom Humane Society cares for domestic animals, farm animals and wildlife. They’re one of the few shelters that have the facilities to accept horses. They also have a dedicated animal rehabilitation center that allows Whatcom Humane Society to temporarily help wild animals. They’re also an open admission shelter, so no animal is turned away. Currently, they care for 4,500 animals each year. They also provide 24-hour a day animal control and rescue services.
Whatcom Humane Society believes strongly in education. They help children learn about responsible pet ownership and offer them opportunities to help shelter animals. Whatcom Humane Society staff also help children learn to avoid dog bites and overall wildlife safety.
Saturday, December 8th at 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Mud Bay Hawthorne (3130 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland)
Saturday, December 8th at 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Mud Bay Issaquah (1590 NW Gilman Blvd.): Benefiting P.U.P Rescue
Saturday, December 8th at 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Mud Bay Canyon Park (1410 228th St. SE, Bothell, Washington): Benefiting MEOW Cat Rescue
Saturday, December 8th at 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Mud Bay Olympia (2410 Harrison Ave NW)
Saturday, December 8th at 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Mud Bay Tumwater (704 Trosper Rd SW)
Sunday, December 9th at 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Mud Bay Overlake (1645 140th Ave NE Ste A1-B, Bellevue, Washington): Benefiting MEOW Cat Rescue
Sunday, December 9th at 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Mud Bay Stadium (635 Division Avenue, Tacoma): Benefiting Whisker City
MEOW Cat Rescue places 750 cats for adoption each year. During kitten season, it’s not unusual for this rescue to have 100 cats in their shelter and another 200 cats in various foster homes. But what makes MEOW Cat Rescue unique is its commitment to helping harder-to-adopt cats, ill cats or older cats. They’re a no-kill shelter. MEOW Cat Rescue also has a long-term foster program for cats with serious illnesses so these special cats can live the rest of their lives outside of a shelter.
MEOW Cat adoption fees range from $65 to $125, but they estimate that the services they provide to adoptable cats is worth from $800 to $1,000 for each cat. This care includes microchipping, deworming, spaying/neutering, vaccinating and testing for diseases such as FIV and feline leukemia.
MEOW Cat Rescue also works to minimize litters of unwanted animals, so they issue no-cost spay and neuter vouchers. This program runs year round and is available for both dogs and cats.
Saturday, December 15th at 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Mud Bay Issaquah (1590 NW Gilman Blvd.): Benefiting MEOW Cat Rescue
Saturday, December 15th at 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Mud Bay Concordia (3275 NE Killingsworth St., Portland)
Sunday, December 16th at 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Mud Bay Lacey Crossroads (5500 Corporate Center Ln SE)
Sunday, December 16th at 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Mud Bay Redmond (8867 161st Avenue NE): Benefiting MEOW Cat Rescue
Whisker City is a small cat shelter that prides itself in taking the cats that no other shelter wanted. This year, they’ve been working to overcome several challenges, including a lack of money to keep their shelter afloat. Whisker City doesn’t ever euthanize due to the expense of care; one kitten that came to their shelter needed approximately $7,000 in veterinary care after being thrown from a car.
Whisker City also works hard to rehabilitate cats that have been neglected or abused and some extra care before they’re ready to be adopted. They’ve worked hard for 27 years to serve underserved cats in the Shoreline, Washington area.
Saturday, December 22nd at 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Mud Bay Mercer Island (2750 77th Avenue SE): Benefiting MEOW Cat Rescue
Sunday, December 23rd at 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Mud Bay Sammamish (22830 NE 8th St): Benefiting MEOW Cat Rescue
P.U.P Rescue spent last year rehoming nearly 200 dogs and cats by taking animals from overcrowded shelters. Many of these dogs are on a list to be euthanized through no fault of their own. Every year, the shelters they partner with have severe overcrowding issues around the holiday season, which can lead to a spike in euthanasias.
P.U.P Rescue schedules a transport in January to bring as many animals as possible to places where they can be adopted, but they transport animals all year round to Washington where they can be fostered and adopted.