’Tis the season for pets

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Twenty-five pet owners stopped by Warwick Animal Hospital on Saturday to enjoy photos with Santa Claus, as well as microchipping and nail trimming for their animals.

The event, organized by the group Defenders of Animals, provided a festive opportunity for local animal lovers to support the group’s advocacy – which includes a push for mandatory microchipping throughout the state.

“Every day there are reports of lost cats and dogs throughout the state,” said Dennis Tabella, director of Defenders of Animals. “Many of these pets are not reunited with their families, but those numbers reunited with their families would increase dramatically if the pets were microchipped and registered with the microchipping companies.”

The event was made possible through the efforts of the Warwick Animal Hospital manager Heather Gavriluk and the hospital’s staff. Meaghan Chartier Photography provided the photos taken at the event.

(Herald photos by Steve Popiel)

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ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS:

Santa Claus was on hand for photographs at the Warwick Animal Hospital on Saturday. He is pictured with Angela Palangio of North Kingstown, seen holding her 6-year-old Yorkie, Bentley. Santa holds the family’s other dogs, 5-year-old Joey and 4-year-old Frankie. 2

BLUE TABBY:

Aegon, a 2-year-old Blue Tabby owned by Caroline Riess of Warwick, visited Santa Claus for the first time during Saturday’s event.

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