Start Over Rover, a no-kill animal shelter in Hastings, wants to give more pets a home for the holidays.
Some in the community who may have once adopted from SOR joined volunteers for cookies and refreshments, photos with Santa, and a visit with Mrs. Claus and the elves.
Children, adults and pets took photos with Santa.
"Start Over Rover continues to have wonderful adoptions. However, the number of homeless pets continues to increase during this holiday season and it is a challenge to find homes for all of them", said volunteer Robyn Mays.
"We continue to be at capacity, with daily calls and emails for additional help regarding cats and dogs that need homes or are in neglectful situations," she added. "The animals that find themselves in our care stay with us until they are adopted, which means some have been with us for over a year. But all it takes is one person to make a difference, and they could walk through our door at any time."
The shelter finds itself consistently at full capacity, and volunteers said even more pets are coming in with the cold weather.
Anne Halbert, a Start Over Rover volunteer, said, "We get spaces that open up, we try to make it work. The cold brings it to light more."