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Posted on: November 30, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Pet Adoption Center Hosts Santa Paws Dec. 17

Photo of Santa Claus holding two puppies at Christmas

November 30, 2022

ST. CHARLES COUNTY, MO – Jolly Old St. Nick is paying a special visit to all the good little dogs and cats (and rabbits and other animals) at the St. Charles County Pet Adoption Center’s Santa Paws event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 17. All are welcome to view pets up for adoption and fostering, bring their current pet to meet Santa, and participate in the holiday festivities. The center is located at 4850 Mid Rivers Mall Drive in St. Peters. 

The Santa Paws festivities include:

  • Pet and family photos with Santa Claus. (Photos are free for those who adopt at the event. Donations will be accepted for photos with current pets.)
  • Dog, puppy, cat and kitten adoptions for $30 (originally $60).
  • Senior pets (dogs and cats older than 7 years of age), pets who’ve been at the shelter longer than 30 days and rabbit adoptions for $10.
  • Gift bags for the first 10 dogs and 10 cats adopted.
  • Discussions and demonstrations by professional dog and cat trainers.

To view animals available for adoption or fostering at the Pet Adoption Center, visit or visit the facility. Adoptions include a health examination, initial vaccinations, spay/neuter service and microchipping.

“A holiday pet can be a joyous gift that lasts for years, and Pet Adoption Center staff works hard to place the right pet with the right family” Division of Humane Services Director Katie Willis says. “When there is a good match between owners and their chosen pets, animals and families make a lasting connection. We strive to make the transition from our shelter into a forever home as successful and stress-free as possible.”

Can’t Adopt? Consider Fostering or a Gift

While not every home is ready to adopt a new pet, everyone can help the Pet Adoption Center animals.

Those unable to commit to full-time pet ownership might consider becoming a pet foster. Foster families help prepare pets for future adoption. In the quiet comfort of a private home, foster parents can socialize dogs or cats with other people or pets and provide behavioral clues that can be used to improve connection with families interested in adoption. Foster families receive food and care supplies for the animal and 24-hour support. For information on applying to become a pet foster, visit or call 636-949-7387.

If fostering is not possible but you still want to help area animals, here are a few suggestions for those able to donate to the shelter this season:

  • Dog and cat treats or toys
  • Dog and cat food – canned or dry
  • Towels and bedding
  • Non-retractable leashes and collars of all sizes

To learn more about pet adoptions and services provided through the St. Charles County Pet Adoption Center, visit or call 636-949-7387.


CONTACT: Doug Bolnick, Public Information Officer, (636) 949-7408

About St. Charles County’s Division of Humane Services

The Division of Humane Services protects and enhances the quality of life for St. Charles County residents and animals. To learn more about services provided, to view pets available for adoption or to inquire about volunteer or donation opportunities, please call 636-949-PETS (7387) or visit

About the St. Charles County Department of Public Health

Through the efforts of its three divisions — Environmental Health and Protection, Health Services and Humane Services — the St. Charles County Department of Public Health provides a wide range of services that enhance the well-being of a community that ranks among the healthiest counties in Missouri. To learn how the department assists this region or to find out about volunteer opportunities with any of the divisions, visit or call 636-949-7400.

About St. Charles County

St. Charles County, founded in 1812, is one of the fastest growing counties in Missouri. With a population of 405,262, it is the state’s third largest county. It is home to 17 scenic county parks of which four are in reserve, encompassing 4,197 acres.

With one of the largest economies in the state, St. Charles County is home to multi-national companies, including General Motors, Citi, MasterCard Worldwide and Boeing. It is ranked among the top 25 counties in the nation in high-tech job growth by the Progressive Policy Institute and consistently has the lowest unemployment rate in the Metropolitan St. Louis area.

St. Charles County has more than 1,170 employees in more than 30 departments and offices, who work to make the county an excellent place to live, work and shop. For more information, visit

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