Say ’Woof’ with Santa and give locally

Saw "woof" with your pet for a beautiful paw-trait with Santa at the Monbulk Vet Centre. Picture: SUPPLIED

By Tanya Steele

Say ’Woof’ or ’Meow’ with Santa for a good cause this holiday season as Monbulk Vet Centre gears up for some special Christmas ’pet-ograhpy’ sessions with the furry members of the family for a purr-fect holiday paw-trait.

Book in to have your photo taken with your favourite pooch or purr-fect companion with Santa himself.

All money raised in the Santa photo sessions will go towards a special cause – the Emerald Monbulk Wildlife Shelter.

Vet Emma Thomserson wants to raise money from the sessions for the local wildlife carers that do so much for the local community.

“This year it’s a give back – we’re going to do Santa and pet photos at the practice,” she said.

“The carers are all volunteers and they have been nothing but amazing, since we’ve started here they’ve also been helping us to learn more about the wildlife in the area.”

“If we ever need anything, they never hesitate to help us.”

The Monbulk vet practice re-opened in May 2023 and Ms Thomerson said it had been closed for 12 months beforehand.

“It’s been very exciting and we do a really wide range of things from standard vaccinations to advanced surgeries – we also see rabbits, guinea pigs and chickens as well,” she said.

“We also do a regular puppy school.”

The new clinic owner has been welcomed by the locals who have helped the business settle in and feel at home, and Ms Thomserson said she has loved meeting everyone.

“I wholeheartedly love my job and I love it even more now,” she said.

“We’ve been loving really getting to know a lot of people in the community.”

People can book a time for a Santa and pet photo session by ringing the clinic on 03 9752 1001 or messaging them on Instagram or Facebook.

The photo sessions cost $15 and begin on Wednesday 22 November and the clinic is running them right up until 16 December.