This event will be held from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Junior Service League Club House, 3122 S. Crysler Ave., Independence.

Elf Austin would like to invite you to the Chris Cakes Breakfast with Santa benefiting local homeless companion animals.

This event will be held from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Junior Service League Club House, 3122 S. Crysler Ave., Independence. Chris Cakes will be serving a pancake breakfast and human kids can get their picture with Santa. Breakfast is $5 and pictures are $5. No need to stand in line at the mall. There will also be a bake sale and craft table at the event. This event is only for the human kids. Pets may go to the Independence PetSmart the first three weeks of December to get their pictures taken with Santa.

Little Elf Austin is one of the wonderful pets available for adoption through Animals Best Friends. He is a 3-month-old border collie/Lab mix. He is such a sweet and loving boy. He is crate-trained and working on his potty training. He loves to give kisses. His wish, as well as the other ABF animals, is a great new home for Christmas. They may be viewed at www.animalsbestfriends.org.

The Animals Best Friends wish list includes dog chow, dog biscuits, rawhides, cow hooves, canned dog and cat food, laundry soap, bleach, Fantastic cleaning spray, paper towels and newspapers. There is a paper recycling bin in the parking lot at ABF Headquarters, 2302 S. Crysler Ave., Independence. Please, no cardboard or telephone books. We appreciate your support.

The following animals are available for adoption at the Independence Animal Shelter. Visit the shelter at 875 Vista Drive or call 816-325-7207 for more information. If you have an animal control problem, call 816-325-7205.
• 9081304 male beagle, tri-color, 8 months.
• 9114639 male terrier, white/black, 3 years.
• 9047771 female shepherd, red, 9 months.
• 9107015 female Labrador/retriever mix, rust, 6 months.
• 9106905 male retriever, yellow, 6 months.
• 9087118 male Australian shepherd, brown/black, 1 year.
• 9052650 female shepherd, red, 1 year.
• 9119927 male Rottweiler, black/red, 8 months.
• 8988018 female Shiba Inu, tan, 2 years.
• 3047627 male Dachshund, red, 3 years.
• 9061007 male Lhasa Apso, gray, 3 years.
• 9152262 male rat terrier, black/white, 9 years.
• 9125391 male Pomeranian, blond, 1 year.
• 9165623 female poodle mix, cream, 5 years.
• 9119968 male Pomeranian, black/tan, 10 months.
There are lots more dogs, puppies, cats and kittens available for adoption.