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Wannabe Rescued conducts annual Christmas photo fundraiser, raffle

Wannabe Rescued will once again sell Christmas photo packages in order to raise money to care for the homeless animals of Selma and Dallas County.

Those interested in helping the organization and having their Christmas photos taken can head to Tractor Supply Co. on Saturday, Dec. 7 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. or Sunday, Dec. 8 between noon and 4 p.m.

Photos will also be taken the following weekend on Saturday, Dec. 14, and Sunday, Dec. 15, at the same times.

For $10, people can bring their families and pets to have their pictures made with Santa – they will then receive a printed photo in a holiday sleeve and be emailed digital copies.

In addition to the holiday photo opportunities, Wannabe Rescued will also be selling raffle tickets for holiday gift baskets.

Tickets for a chance to win one of the baskets are $1 each, or 15 for $10, and can be purchased at Tractor Supply Co. during one of the photo days or by contacting a Wannabe Rescued volunteer through the group’s Facebook page.

One of the baskets was curated with ladies in mind and includes such items as custom wine glasses, a Bath & Body Works Candle and a make-up bag.

The other basket was assembled with men in mind and includes a three-piece welding tool set, a 22-piece set of sockets and a certificate for an oil change at City Tune-Up.

The winners of the baskets will be announced on the final day for photos, Dec. 15.

Wannabe Rescued Volunteer Jennifer Tolbert said that their Christmas Photo Package is unique in that animals are not only allowed, but encouraged.

“For some people, their pets are part of their family,” Tolbert said. “Some people even call them their kids. A lot of venues don’t allow pets though. But here, Santa is pretty open to take a photo with pretty much anyone or anything. One year, he even went outside and took a photo with a horse in the parking lot.”

Tolbert says that the proceeds collected from the Christmas photos and the gift basket raffle are used to pay for food and medicine for the homeless animals of Selma and Dallas County.