Pet owners, it's time to dig out those Santa hats and reindeer ears and snap pictures of your pets for The Eagle's 11th annual Holiday Pet Photo Contest.
Amateur photographers are invited to capture their dogs, cats, birds, horses or other pets in the holiday spirit and mail or submit the photos online to The Eagle by midnight Dec. 13.
The top three winners, chosen by a panel of judges, will receive gift certificates to a pet store: $50 for first place, $20 for second and $10 for third.
Last year's first-place winner was Skye, a golden retriever owned by Sondra Ashens of Wellington.
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One or more pets can be in the photo, but no people. Only one entry per household is permitted.
The winning photos and runners-up will be published Dec. 25 and Jan. 1 in The Eagle.
There are two ways to enter:
* Upload your photo at Kansas.com/upload. Be sure to include your name and a daytime phone number. (Your contact information is not for publication, but we need it to contact you if you're selected as a finalist.)
* Mail your photo to the address below. Include your name and a daytime phone number, and a stamped, self-addressed envelope if you want your photo returned.
Wichita Eagle Holiday Pet Photo Contest
c/o Diane McCartney
825 E. Douglas
Wichita, KS 67202.
Questions? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 316-268-6593 or 316-268-6312.
Santa photo sessions to benefit pets
Santa Paws is in town, posing for photos with pets and helping to raise money for animal welfare groups.
Today, Santa will be at Andover Veterinary Clinic, 517 W. Central in Andover, from 1 to 3 p.m., with proceeds benefiting the Kansas Humane Society; and at PetSmart east, 3615 N. Rock Road, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with proceeds going to Pals Animal Rescue.
Today and Sunday, he'll be at PetSmart west, 533 S. Tracy, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with proceeds benefiting Kansas K-9 ResQ.
On Dec. 18, Santa will be at PetSmart east from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with proceeds going to Lifeline Animal Placement and Protection.
On Dec. 18 and 19, he'll be at PetSmart west from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with proceeds benefiting K-9 Karma Animal Advocates.
Christmas at stables a fundraiser for LAPP
Christmas at C-Arrow Stables, a fundraiser for Lifeline Animal Placement and Protection, will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at 5911 N. Maize Road.
The cost is $15 for ages 16 and older and $10 for ages 3 to 15. Tickets may be purchased at the gate.
Events include a petting zoo, pony rides, a live Nativity scene, a visit with Santa, a hot-dog roast, hot chocolate and cookies.
A wine tasting from 6 to 8 p.m. that includes gourmet hors d'oeuvres is $25 per person ($35 including all the above activities).
Proceeds will benefit LAPP, a Wichita no-kill animal shelter.
Compiled by Diane McCartney