Pets welcome to see Santa at Suburban Subaru

By: Eric Czarnik | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published December 7, 2016

 Suburban Subaru in Troy is inviting customers and interested guests to bring their pet dogs and cats to the dealership from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 10 so they can take photos with Santa.

Suburban Subaru in Troy is inviting customers and interested guests to bring their pet dogs and cats to the dealership from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 10 so they can take photos with Santa.

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METRO DETROIT — Santa will be appearing soon with a Subaru instead of a sleigh, and he’s inviting local pets to join him.

Suburban Subaru in Troy is inviting customers and interested guests to bring their pet dogs and cats to the dealership from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 10 so they can take photos with Santa. 

The dealership has held pet events for the past two years, according to Suburban Subaru Sales Manager James Cagle. He said the event is designed to help “share the love with Subaru.”

According to the automaker’s website, the Subaru Loves Pets campaign is part of its “Love Promise” to make the world a better place. The company uses dogs in several of its TV ads, posts pictures of customers’ pets on a Subaru Pet Hall of Fame webpage and supports organizations like the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

“Subaru went with that direction,” Cagle said. “They attached themselves to pets; so do all their commercials every year. They’re just a pet-friendly company.”

Besides seeing Santa, visitors may also browse through the showroom floor to check out the Subaru vehicle models on display. Or they may visit an animal adoption station from Paws for Life Rescue and Adoption in Troy.

Courtney Protz-Sanders, the adoption agency’s executive director, said this will be the third year that her group has partnered with Suburban Subaru, and she said the event plans to have both cats and dogs up for adoption. She said people who enter the dealership often donate, sign up to become a volunteer or fill out an adoption application.

“It’s kind of a unique partnership: animals with cars,” she said.

While she said adoption might not be a good idea for people undergoing major life changes, she said the holiday season often allows for extra time off to spend more time with a new animal and adjust to a new routine.

“We do tend to see a little bit of an uptick (of pet adoptions) right before the holidays,” she said.

But new pet owners should “kitten- or puppy-proof the house,” secure the Christmas tree and prevent animals from drinking the poisonous sap and water mixture that gathers below a live tree, she said.

Find out more about Suburban Subaru, 1820 Maplelawn Drive in Troy, by visiting www.suburbansubarutroy.com or by calling (888) 533-1422. Find out more about the Subaru Loves Pets campaign by visiting www.subaru.com/pets. 

To reach Paws for Life Rescue and Adoption in Troy, visit www.pawsforliferescue.org or call (248) 906-8752.

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