Pet vendors and photos with Santa kicks off Pet Friendly Penticton's Holiday Market

Holiday gifts for every pet

Happy pets and their owners wandered around the first annual Pet-Friendly Penticton Holiday Market on Saturday, with vendors showcasing their gifts for pets and their parents alike, such as treats, supplies, art and much more.

Around 20 vendors total are in over the two-day event, plus a live auction with prize bundles to bid on.

"The vendors make stuff for pets, of pets, we've got a few artists that do pet portraits or other cute animal designs, all sorts of handmade items and it's all pet-centric," Kona Sankey, the founder and community ambassador of Pet-Friendly Penticton said.

Organizations such as the Animal Lifeline Emergency Response Team (ALERT) and the SPCA are also in attendance to help people learn more.

A photo booth is set up with Santa for pets to get in their holiday photos.

Admission is by donation, either with cash as an entry fee, or both human and pet food, all of which will go to support local charity Fill the Food Gap Penticton. Funds raised will be split between Fill the Food Gap and Pet-Friendly Penticton to help with operating costs.

"They are a no-barrier food hamper and have been including pets from the very beginning. So we wanted to help support them to keep the food on the table for everyone in the family."

Sankey said that the turnout on Saturday was great, seeing vendors and guests bring in plenty of different pets to the event.

"Every time I turn around, it's a different set of feet and a different set of noses and tails, if they have them."

And on Sunday, Gotta Goat Farm will be bringing one of their baby goats along.

The event continues on Sunday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., at Orchard House. Well-behaved, socialized dogs on a leash are welcome to attend. For more information, head to their Facebook event page here.

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