Get photos of your pets with Santa at Safe Haven store

• The highlight of the pet social season is the Sixth Annual Critter Christmas, 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday, December 3, at the Las Cruces Convention Center, 680 E. University Ave. Tickets are $40 each. The event includes live music by the Derrick Harris Jazz Band, silent and live auctions, raffles, a dog treat buffet, a pet and people parade, Christmas caroling, a new food menu, and a no-host bar. Well-behaved, leashed dogs are welcome to attend. For more information, contact SNAP at 524-9265 or visit snapnewmexico.org or facebook.com/events/745474778915421/.

Tickets are available now at American Classified, 151 S. Solano Dr.; Better Life Pet Food, 365 Avenida de Mesilla and their new store 315 Telshor Blvd. behind Whataburger; and Horse & Hound at 991 W. Amador. Tickets can also be purchased at the SNAP office, 2405 W. Picacho, across from Peddler’s Pavilion and online at HoldMyTicket.com/event/224760.

• Safe Haven Animal Sanctuary’s pet photos with Santa will be at their Thrift Store Saturday, December 5. Between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Santa will be available to take photos with your pets. This is a chance to get those great shots of your pets and share with friends and family this holiday season. Photos will be framed and ready while you wait. No appointment is necessary and the charge is $10 per photograph. Pets must be leashed. All proceeds benefit cats and dogs awaiting adoption at the sanctuary. The store is located at 840 El Paseo Road (across from Sutherland’s). For more information on Safe Haven, visit their website at shaspets.com or call 541-4942.

• Mayor Ken Miyagishima will be the special guest presenter at the Coalition for Pets & People meeting on Tuesday, December 8, at 6 p.m. at Branigan Library (200 E. Picacho) in the Roadrunner Room. The public is invited to learn more about the coalition and its goal to help the animal shelter reach No Kill status. For more infomation, go to the CfPP Facebook page or contact co-chair Joanne Ferrary at 649-1231.

• Project Save a Kitten is preparing for its March 2016 fundraiser to partner with ACTion Programs for Animals (APA) and other local groups to rescue and spay/neuter cats and kittens. This year’s cat-chy event will be a jewelry auction and sale. Many of us have lovely jewelry pieces that we never wear — this is an opportunity to donate the whole kit-and-caboodle for a good cause. They also would like donations of jewelry boxes, small decorative items, lace and linens, and other small treasures. This is no tom-foolery…if you have items to donate, please contact them for delivery or drop off at Better Life Pet Foods at their stores (315 Telshor and 365 Avenida de Mesilla) through the end of February (and buy some pet food or adopt a furry friend while you are there). You don’t have treasures to donate, but you want to help? They will take cash for the kitty as well. To donate or for more information, contact Jackye at Project Save a Kitten at gardens@zianet.com or call 323-0903.