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Pictures With Santa at Hopatcong Pound

Hopatcong Pound Project invites residents to bring their pets for a photo op with Santa on Sunday.

The Hopatcong Animal Pound is breaking in its new building by inviting residents to bring their pets and children for pictures with Santa on Sunday.

The event will be held from noon to 4 p.m., and will have animal control officer Dale Sloat dressing up as Santa Claus.

Residents can pay a $10 donation for a 5 x 7 picture with Santa. All proceeds will go to the Hopatcong Pound Project, an organization created by two residents last year to raise money for the animals at the pound and their supplies.

This is the first the community will see the new buidling since it went up last month.

The building, which costed over $30,000, was funded completely through donations from residents.

Ed Van Orden, one of the Hopatcong Pound Project co-founders, said he wants the community to see where all of their donations went and the progress the project has made.

"We hope to be up there just promoting what it is we're doing, showing people where it is and how far we've gotten with our project," he said.

Van Orden said the new building served as a shelter for displaced animals from Hurricane Sandy the past two weeks, with over 20 animals in there at one point.

He said he wasn't sure if the event was going to be able to go on because of the storm, but was able to get everything back and organized.

"We had quite a few displaced animals in there for the almost 2-week period," he said, "and we've just gotten everyone back to where they belong and were trying to clean things up for our photo op."

The event will be held at the Hopatcong Pound at the intersection of Durban and Flora Avenue on Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.

For more information about the Hopatcong Pound Project, visit its website.

JenniferB November 17, 2012 at 06:50 AM
Bringing the cats on Sunday! Could be fun or embarrassing!
John Wisneuski November 29, 2012 at 01:43 PM
This event is only for residents? I would be interested in attending and donating, however I live in another town. Shame.
S. Coventry November 29, 2012 at 03:54 PM
@John Wisneuski I am by no way attempting to speak for Dale (our animal control officer) but I think anyone who has ever met Dale would tell you that he would not turn away any animal. I think you should go and have a good time !
JenniferB November 29, 2012 at 04:17 PM
John, it appears that the article was not written correctly as it was open to everyone not just residents. You didn't even have to bring a pet. Whoever wanted a picture with Santa simply paid the $10 donation and did so. Our cats' photo was awesome and they even tolerated another photo as a family. While this event ended I believe they are having it again on the 9th. You can visit their website here to donate: http://www.hopatcongpoundproject.com/ and check them out on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Hopatcong-Pound-Project-Inc/234942756551722?ref=ts&fref=ts

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