[November 25, 2013; Philadelphia, PA] – Whether they’ve been naughty or nice, pets will have the opportunity to meet Santa during a special photo opportunity at Penn Vet’s Ryan Hospital (3900 Spruce St.) on Wednesday, December 4 from 12pm-2pm. Photos cost $10 (cash only) and will be emailed to pet parents. All donations will support Penn Vet’s groundbreaking cancer research.

Penn Vet, pet photos with SantaPet Photos with Santa at Penn Vet is sponsored by Dolly’s Pet Sitting Service. The Delaware-based company (also serving the Philadelphia area) was founded in May 2011 in honor of Dolly, beloved pet of owners Guy and Jose Weidner-Ahorrio. In 2011, Dolly was diagnosed with lymphoma and given two to four weeks to live. But Guy and Jose, determined to give Dolly the best care possible, brought their precious pup to Penn Vet’s Ryan Hospital, where she received weekly chemotherapy treatments.

“Because of Dr. Erika Krick and the team at Penn Vet, we had our darling Dolly in our lives for an extra 17 months,” said Guy. “That extra time with her was priceless. We look forward to celebrating Dolly’s life and adding to her legacy by supporting cancer research at Penn Vet.” 

As the leader in veterinary cancer care in the region and one of only three veterinary Comprehensive Cancer Care centers in the nation, Penn Vet is pioneering the field of cancer treatment and research. Penn Vet researchers strive to improve the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer in animals through novel therapies that may one day offer cancer patients, animal and human alike, a viable alternative or complementary treatment to traditional therapies. For more information about Penn Vet’s cancer research, visit http://www.vet.upenn.edu/veterinary-hospitals/ryan-veterinary-hospital/services/comprehensive-cancer-care.

Penn Vet is a global leader in veterinary medicine education, research, and clinical care. Founded in 1884, Penn Vet is the only veterinary school developed in association with a medical school. The school is a proud member of the One Health Initiative, linking human, animal, and environmental health.

Penn Vet serves a diverse population of animals at its two campuses, which include extensive diagnostic and research laboratories. Ryan Hospital in Philadelphia provides care for dogs, cats, and other domestic/companion animals, seeing nearly 33,000 patients a year. New Bolton Center, Penn Vet’s large-animal hospital on nearly 700 acres in rural Kennett Square, PA, cares for horses and livestock/farm animals, treating 33,000 patients each year – 4,100 in the hospital and 29,000 at farms through the Field Service. In addition, New Bolton Center’s campus includes a swine center, working dairy, and poultry unit that provide valuable research for the agriculture industry.

For more information, visit www.vet.upenn.edu.