Here at the Voice, we have a soft spot for Operation Kindness, the no-kill animal shelter which offers us a “pet of the week” in the paper. In fact, we love pets, period. We also like the gay- and pet-friendly Hotel Palomar. So we’re happy to let y’all know about Santa Paws, the pet-photo opp at the Palomar this weekend that benefits Operation Kindness. Bring by your dog (or cat or bird or snake or gerbil) and get a free pet-master photo, and help yourself to cocoa and hot apple cider and munchies for man and beast. You can also meet Troy, the new director of pet relations at the hotel and ambassador to four-legged guests.

Of course, it would be nice with all of these freebies that you drop a little cash for Operation Kindness, which will also be there offering up some pets for adoption.

The event takes place Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 10 and 11, from 2–4 p.m., at the Palomar on Mockingbird and Central.