Ashburn-based pet services franchise Woofie’s and Ellen Zangla Photography recently teamed up to raise $3,500 at the annual Paws and Claus Charity Event, which benefited the Human Society of Loudoun County’s Loudoun Pet Pantry.
Event attendees were asked to make a donation to have their pets — sitting beside Santa — photographed by Zangla, a well-known pet photographer in Loudoun.
Each year, the Paws & Claus event draws dozens of pet lovers to Woofie’s. The initiative has raised more than $20,000 in the past seven years.
“We were relieved to be able to move forward with our annual charity event, taking into consideration the health and well-being of all involved,” Woofie’s co-owner and co-founder Amy Reed said in a prepared statement. “Paws & Claus was just as successful this year as in past years, and we are so thankful that everyone was able to come out for this great cause.”
This year, photos were taken of 151 dogs and two cats. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Woofie’s put in place social distancing measures to keep attendees and Woofie’s team members safe, including putting out social distancing markers six feet apart, limiting the number of appointments scheduled in each time slot and limiting the number of people accompanying their pets.
This year’s set decoration was provided by A New View home decor, another Ashburn-based business.