Christmas Eve is always filled with anticipation, brightly colored wrappings and lots of wonderful aromas wafting from the kitchen. There are children all across the world eagerly awaiting the sound of hooves on the rooftops and Santa’s big jolly laugh coming down the chimney. This past Christmas Eve was a little different though as Santa had a new sleigh.
James Limousine and the Richmond SPCA partnered together this year to make sure Santa Paws arrived in style. That’s right, I said Santa Paws. He arrives once a year delivering homeless kitties and puppies to loving little boys and girls. The Richmond SPCA has been a no kill shelter for ten years and has saved the lives of over 27,000 homeless cats and dogs. Local area businesses, community support groups and especially the people that choose to adopt a pet versus purchasing from a breeder have given a second chance to these deserving animals. For the second year, Richmond SPCA has given prospective adopted parents the opportunity to allow their newest family member to reside at the shelter a little longer for a small fee and have Santa Paws hand deliver the animal on Christmas Eve. This year, Santa had four families anxiously awaiting his arrival.
Early Christmas Eve morning, the Richmond SPCA Tail Wag’n and a shiny new stretch limousine from James Limousine crept out on the roads of Richmond to begin their deliveries. The caravan stopped a few blocks away from the first destination to get everything perfectly in place. Kendra, a beautiful, young pit bull was about to meet her new owners. She was decked out in holiday leash and collar, a gorgeous red cape and of course a big red bow to finish. Santa Paws, Laura the Elf and Kendra all loaded into the stretch. Randy Allen, owner of James Limousine started up Santa’s fancy new sleigh and away they went to Emma & Cole’s house. The family could hear something approaching but it wasn’t the sound of reindeer, it was the sound of a limousine car horn honking the arrival of their new best friend. Santa popped out of the back of the limousine with Kendra and Emma & Cole gleefully greeted her with open arms. After numerous photos, tail wags and a few face licks, it was time for Santa to head for his next delivery.
The second destination was to the Burkett family. They were about to receive an extra special (and extra small) delivery. Their new four legged friend had been flown all the way in from California and was one of many rescued chihuahuas. Ron Barkandy, chihuahua extraordinary brought tears to the eyes of his new family when he arrived. This special little guy is actually an almost identical match to the famalies current chihuahua. “James Limousine is always very active in community events and projects,” commented Randy Allen, ” We never have a lack of staff that are willing to help our chosen charities.” Apparently, there were actually too many chauffeurs and not enough deliveries as this was a very popular event for the staff at James Limousine.
Santa Paws finished his additional deliveries that day taking more dogs and cats to their lucky new owners. This event proved to be an amazing success for everyone, two and four legged! The next time that you, a family member or a friend are looking for an addition to the family, look no further than your local SPCA.