Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

December 13, 2012

75 animals show up to pose with Santa; no reindeer

Nearly $2,500 raised for causes

Nearly $2,500 raised for causes
The Andover Townsman

---- — Mostly dogs and cats posed with Santa at the Saturday, Dec. 8, event at Andover Animal Hospital on Lowell Street, to raise money for the Salem, N.H. Animal Rescue League.

But when a hedgehog showed up and posed, all heads turned. The hedgehog, named Hank, was a showstopper.

β€œIt was crazy here,” laughed Diane Tower, owner of the animal hospital.

Pet owners paid $10 for a photo with Santa and $750 was raised, Tower said.

The hospital also hosted a bake sale to raise money for quadrapalegic Chris Boshar, who was injured after falling from a boat last year. His mother and step-father live in North Andover.

Tower said her hospital is raising money to get Boshar a service dog. She said $1,700 was raised at the bake sale.

β€” Judy Wakefield