Those wanting to proudly show off their fur babies in a photo with Santa this year, the time and place has come.
The Animal Welfare League NSW Far South Coast Branch has made arrangements for Santa to visit Merimbula again, to find out whether your family pets have been naughty or nice.
The best part, proceeds from every photo sold goes towards a good cause, donated to the rehoming and desexing of rescued animals.
So take your pets along to the annual Santa Paws event hosted at Coastal Grooming, on Alice Street in Merimbula, on Sunday November 21 to make some memories to cherish.
President of the AWLFSC branch Kerri Brady said the event was a fun way to celebrate your pet being part of the family.
"You'll get a Christmas card, a sheet of prints with the picture on it and a digital copy to share with all your friends and family," she said.
Ms Brady encouraged anyone to bring their beloved pets, be it a rabbit, snake, ferret, guinea pig - basically anything tame enough that you consider to be a family pet.
"Last year we had a chook and in the past we've had little gerbils, birds and ferrets," she said.
Ms Brady did say to be mindful however that it was an indoor shoot, so there won't be room for bringing in larger animals like horses.
Ms Brady said when waiting in line, pets will need to be on a leash or in a pet carrier.
"You'll have to wait in line until your number's called but the wait is never very long," she said.
The event in Merimbula will run from 9am to 1pm and people won't need to make a booking in advance.
Those who would like to dress their pets up in costumes or props for the photo but don't actually own any, will be able to borrow some available on the day.
Ms Brady said she had been part of the annual Santa Paws photo ever since it started in the Bega Valley, 14 years ago.
"We get sponsors each year and they provide the peripheral costs of everything.
"So that the money paid on the day goes straight to the rehoming and desexing of animals through the Animal Welfare League within the Bega Valley Shire."
The businesses sponsoring the 2021 Santa Paws include Grand Matriarch Distillery, Sails Real Estate and Twofold Security.
Santa's elves on the day will be Animal Welfare League volunteers and the photographer will be Angi High.
"Everybody volunteers, nobody gets paid and the money stays in the shire for the animals," Ms Brady said.