Chief photo by Don Thomas

The annual Santa Paws event at the Perry Welcome Depot drew many photogenic pets. The dog pictured here with Santa is a 5-year-old Shih Tzu named Chelsea, who was adopted from the Perry Humane Society three years ago. The owner is Marty Martin from Des Moines. Shown with Santa and Chelsea is 2-year-old Zack Joseph Anliker of Perry, grandson of Abby Benifiel, director of the Perry Human Society.