Santa Paws is Coming to Town with Free In-Store Pet Photos at PetSmart

Santa Claus is making an extra-special stop at PetSmart stores nationwide to pose for a photo with every pet on the “nice” list.

On Dec. 16-17, pet parents can cherish the season and capture a photo of their pet with Santa at the Paws & Claus photo event. Reservations are required and are now open to the public. To find a local Paws & Claus event and to book an appointment, pet parents can visit

Helping Pets Strike a Pose for Tree-mendous Holiday Photos


Create a festive look: Make sure pets put their best paw forward by selecting an outfit or accessories to complement their photo with Santa, like a holiday striped hat and scarf for cats and dogs, snowman costume for reptiles or a Christmas tree ugly holiday sweater for small pets.

 Jingle out the holiday jitters: Help pets expend extra energy by playing at home or walking through the PetSmart aisles before their appointment to capture their beautiful – and calm – smile. 

Capture their attention: Create a picture-perfect moment by using an eye-catching holiday-themed toy or making noises, such as calling a pet’s name, to ensure they are looking at the camera during their time with Santa.

Have treats on hand: Ensure a paw-sitive experience by rewarding pets with special holiday snacks like BRRR Bark Cookie Dog Treats after every few photo frames. Be sure to give pets extra praise after their photo session with lots of rubs and additional treats.

For more information on the free pet photos with Santa event and PetSmart’s holiday shop, visit