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Animals pose with Santa Claus for fundraiser

The St. Charles Veterinary Clinic recently held their annual Pet Photos with Santa event to help raise money for Homes for Endangered and Lost Pets (HELP), a local rescue organization in St. Charles, Illinois.

According to the St. Charles Patch, pets of all shapes and sizes got the opportunity to sit on Santa's lap and have a picture taken, even if some of them were a little anxious. One pooch, Toby, sat still long enough for a few frames to be snapped before he jumped to the floor.

"You were so good," his owner Steve Kegebein told him as scampered away from Santa.

Many of the pets were well-behaved and sat still while receiving a pat on the head. Volunteers from the rescue organization used toys and bells to get the attention of the animals.

HELP says that all of the proceeds raised from the event will go toward helping pay for medical expenses for animals they rescue.

Every year in the U.S., six to eight million cats and dogs are cared for by rescue shelters, according to the Humane Society.
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