Manhattan —

Pet adoptions are high during the holiday season. But so are returns in January. Social Tees Animal Rescue (STAC), a non-profit organization, is trying to raise awareness about the long-term responsibilities associated with adopting a pet.

STAC’s annual Santa Paws event, held this year at Ink48 Hotel, offered an opportunity for pet adoptions as well as for visiting dogs  to snap a picture with St. Nick.