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Furry friends and their owners flocked to Dymond's Farm in Orange on Dec. 8 to have their photos taken with Santa Claus and raise money for animals in need.


The event was organized by Blue Chip Farms Animal Refuge, located just down the street from the family farm.


The no-kill animal shelter raised funds to help care for the hundreds of animals, from dogs and cats to horses and rabbits, who need forever homes.


Karen Danko, a Blue Chip volunteer, greeted guests with Snow White, a one-and-a-half-year-old Asian Shepherd surrendered to the shelter a few weeks ago.


Her family could no longer care for her, said Danko.


Danko has been volunteering at the shelter for two years and in that time has adopted two dogs of her own, in addition to the two cats she had previously adopted from the shelter.


I just love seeing the animals find a home, she said.


Danko said finding more volunteers is at the top of Blue Chip's Christmas list.


We also need more foster families and people to adopt the animals, she said.


The event was also an opportunity for owners to socialize their pups. Major Moore, 17, of Lake Silkworth, brought his 7-month-old black Labrador Retriever Duke to get his paws on Santa's lab.


It's nice to get out with other people, said Cathy Moore, Major's mother. The puppy is very excited.


Cathy Moore said it's the first time the family has raised a dog from puppyhood.


It's a lot of work, but his training is going good, she said.


The family said Duke, who wanted to meet just about everyone who crossed his path, has a few items at the top of his Christmas wish list.


He wants Bully Bones, said Major Moore. They're expensive dog bones.


LuAnn Brace, whose family owns Brace's Orchard located across the street from Dymond's, brought along Cider, a 3-year-old Golden Retriever, to the event.


We love to support Blue Chip, she said. It's a great place.


Brace said Cider is a big part of the family and helps on the orchard as much as she can.


She's like a ray of sunshine, said Brace. She loves living on the farm and helps the guys prune the trees.


Cider seemed a little nervous before meeting Santa Claus.


She wants lots of bones and indestructible toys for Christmas, said Brace.


Kristin Fino, of Dallas, is a Blue Chip volunteer and offers homes to the dogs she feels might not have the best chances for adoption.


One of those dogs, a Bichon Frise mix named Prada, had a rough start in life but eventually turned out to be a model pup - literally.


Her picture is hanging in the Prada corporate headquarters in Milan, (Italy), said Fino. I adopted her and got her picture taken with Prada accessories and sent them to Milan and they loved it so much. they sent me a Prada book and a thank you note.


Fino found Prada the pup online at a Poconos-based shelter. The dog was underweight and had a broken jaw - Fino thought for sure she wouldn't have found a suitable owner otherwise.


Now she is the best dog, she said.


And what does Fino's four-dog brood want for Christmas?


They want there to be no more homeless animals, she said.

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