Another Tri-State event has been canceled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The Vanderburgh Humane Society announced Thursday that its 2020 Pet Pictures with Santa event wouldn't be happening this year.
What would have been the event's 35th year was originally scheduled to take place from Nov. 6 - Nov. 8, 2020, but according to VHS, even if the people getting photos taken were able to properly socially-distance and use masks, the risk to the volunteers, staff, photographer, and Santa, would be too great.
VHS says that 2020 has devastated its finances and that it "hasn't seen a single dollar of local COVID-19 relief," which is why the organization is asking for support from the community.
“Even though this year has been devastating to our organization’s finances,” says Amanda Coburn, VHS Development Coordinator, “we simply can’t justify putting our team members or our vendors at risk. As a private nonprofit that receives no funding from city/county taxes or national organizations, and that has not seen a single dollar of local COVID-19 relief, we will be relying on the community even more now to contribute what they can and help us continue our mission.”
Those who'd like to help support VHS can make a donation by visiting www.vhslifesaver.org/donate.
The VHS team is "keeping their paws crossed" that they will see everyone again for next year’s Pet Pictures with Santa: November 5-7, 2021.