Santa Paws is Coming to Town with Free In-Store Pet Photos at PetSmart

PetSmart brings holiday photo traditions to pets with Paws & Claus photo event and free Mixbook photo book 

PHOENIX (Dec. 4, 2023) – Santa Claus is making an extra-special stop at PetSmart stores nationwide to pose for a photo with every pet on the “nice” list. On Dec. 16-17, pet parents can cherish the season and capture a photo of their pet with Santa at the Paws & Claus photo event. Reservations are required and are now open to the public. To find a local Paws & Claus event and to book an appointment, pet parents can visit

Helping Pets Strike a Pose for Tree-mendous Holiday Photos

The PetSmart salon can help pets look their best before the Paws & Claus event. Pet parents can book a pampering service for cats and dogs such as a quick bath and brush or a full haircut to ensure they are photo ready. And to help pets sleigh their holiday photos, PetSmart training expert Jodie Havens, CPDT-KSA, shares four tips to ensure yule be s-mitten with the final result:

  • Create a festive look: Make sure pets put their best paw forward by selecting an outfit or accessories to complement their photo with Santa, like a holiday striped hat and scarf for cats and dogs, snowman costume for reptiles or a Christmas tree ugly holiday sweater for small pets.
  • Jingle out the holiday jitters: Help pets expend extra energy by playing at home or walking through the PetSmart aisles before their appointment to capture their beautiful – and calm – smile.
  • Capture their attention: Create a picture-perfect moment by using an eye-catching holiday-themed toy or making noises, such as calling a pet’s name, to ensure they are looking at the camera during their time with Santa.
  • Have treats on hand: Ensure a paw-sitive experience by rewarding pets with special holiday snacks like BRRR Bark Cookie Dog Treats after every few photo frames. Be sure to give pets extra praise after their photo session with lots of rubs and additional treats.

Once they’ve been primped and photographed, pet parents can turn the image into a keepsake. PetSmart Treats Rewards members can receive a photo book gift from Mixbook*. Members will receive a promo code for Mixbook via email after the event so they can start creating their photo book to forever cherish the memory. Additionally, Treats Rewards members can earn 3X Treats Points** for purchases made on the day of their appointment by using their Treats Rewards email to check in.

For more information on the free pet photos with Santa event and PetSmart’s holiday shop, visit

* Terms apply. See the email sent after the event for details.

** Terms apply. See store for details.


About PetSmart

PetSmart is the leading pet retailer offering products, services and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets. At PetSmart, we love pets and we believe pets make us better people. Every day with every connection, PetSmart’s passionate associates help bring pet parents closer to their pets so together they can live more fulfilled lives. This vision impacts everything we do for our customers, the way we support our associates and how we give back to our communities.

PetSmart operates more than 1,670 pet stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, as well as more than 200 in-store PetSmart PetsHotel® dog and cat boarding facilities. We provide a broad range of competitively priced pet food and products as well as services such as dog training, pet grooming, pet boarding, PetSmart Doggie Day Camp™ and pet adoption.

PetSmart, PetSmart Charities® and PetSmart Charities® of Canada work with nearly 4,000 animal welfare organizations to bring adoptable pets into stores so they have the best chance possible of finding a forever home. Through this in-store adoption program and other signature events, PetSmart has facilitated over 10 million adoptions, more than any other brick-and-mortar organization.