SAINT AUGUSTINE – The St. Augustine Humane Society has launched its seventh annual pet photo contest and 2018 calendar fundraiser to support the non-profit’s mission of promoting healthy lifelong pet ownership and reducing the rate of relinquishment to shelters. “The Cutest Show on Earth” Pin Up Paws calendar will feature the winning pets and an imaginary carnival theme while the dog or cat is fitted with accessories to match their unique personalities. For more information, call (904) 829-2737 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the contest website at www.PinUpPaws.com.
Styling and photography sessions will take place with award winning photographer, Addison Fitzgerald who has donated his talents to the Humane Society for more than seven years.
“Whether your Shih Tzu is just so enamored with cotton candy, or your Australian Shepherd can’t wait to get a hold of a crystal ball, we’ll make sure the pet’s carnival activities are perfectly captured in the fun and entertaining photo sessions,” said Carolyn Smith, St. Augustine Humane Society’s Executive Director. Also, for seven years, local fine artist and graphic designer, Maribel Angel continues to donate her creative talents to designing a distinctive calendar publication. And, for the third year, the Humane Society is receiving a promotional billboard to be donated by Clear Channel Outdoor for eight weeks along I-95 in St. Johns County.
The deadline for entries is Thursday, Sept.r 7 at 11:59 pm and voting ends on Saturday, Sept.r 9 at 8:59 pm Eastern Time. The tax-deductible entries and voting donations may be made through a secure online payment at www.PinUpPaws.com.
According to Smith, the community is encouraged to watch the non-profit’s Facebook page for calendar and entry announcements and mini contests until the final week of the main contest. Gift Certificates from the Columbia Restaurant in St. Augustine will be awarded periodically to pet owners who gain new votes. Visit the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/St-Augustine-Humane-Society/210583278987037.
Top photos and contest winners for the calendar will be determined with public voting. Winners will be notified and asked to provide a short biography about the pet. The calendars will be available for $10 each starting in November with purchase available online, by phone, or at the Humane Society plus area retail locations. The Humane Society is located at 1665 Old Moultrie Rd. in St. Augustine. All proceeds from submissions, votes, sponsorships, and sales will benefit the programs and services of the St. Augustine Humane Society. The campaign and calendar sales and events will benefit St. Augustine Humane Society’s spay, neuter and surgery clinic, along with services and programs, and current expansion.