ULSTER - A blind dog that had been without a home will have a happy Christmas this year, thanks to the generosity of a family from Bethlehem.

The sightless, 5-year-old Australian cattle dog named Magoo was one of the pets adopted Saturday at the Bradford County Humane Society's annual Christmas party in Ulster. Two cats were also adopted.

In an attempt to find a home for the dog, the humane society had advertised the canine on petfinder.com, and hoped for the best.

Jennifer Spencer, the executive director of the humane society, said a family from Bethlehem, saw Magoo on the website and traveled three hours to Ulster in order to adopt the pet. Randy Brodhead, his wife, and son made the trip.

"They fell in love with the dog from seeing it on petfinder," Spencer commented.

She noted that the adoption was all the more special because it can be difficult to get disabled animals adopted.

She said Magoo is "very easygoing." People only have to be careful of approaching the dog "too close, too quickly." She said the dog's blindness was caused by glaucoma. She said Magoo had been a stray, prior to being picked up by the shelter.

People also shared their generosity Saturday by bringing in donations of pet food and money, according to Spencer.

She offered her gratitude to those who helped out.

"Thank you for always supporting our shelter, especially during the Christmas season."

Halfway through the event, about 30 to 40 people had showed up.

They could have their pet's photo taken with Santa.

"Santa photos is a big thing," Spencer said. "It's something different." She noted that it's been done two years in a row.

Professional photographer Scott Ruback takes the Santa photos, and donates a portion of the proceeds from each photo package to the shelter.

"That's my way of helping them to try to raise money," he said.

Board members from the humane society were also on hand, and there were raffles, a 50/50, food and free door prizes.

Board president Alice Moyer thought the event served an important purpose.

"It's a chance for the community to see everything we're trying to do."

Eric Hrin can be reached at (570) 297-5251; email: reviewtroy@thedailyreview.com.