SAINT AUGUSTINE –The St. Augustine Humane Society has completed 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. Local pet winners have been named for “The Cutest Show on Earth” carnival themed calendars which will feature each pet fitted with accessories to match the 12 unique personalities.
Cash, a beautiful Bernese mountain dog, won first place and has the honor of being named the 2018 Pin Up Paws calendar cover dog. Owner Shelby Cupolo is with Coldwell Banker Premier Properties in St. Augustine and campaigned for 1,830 votes. Cash will receive a professional photo shoot with photographer Addison Fitzgerald, a $200 Columbia Restaurant gift certificate, two free copies of the 2018 Pin Up Paws calendar, and two free tickets to the PUP Party on Dec. 2 scheduled to be held at the Limelight Theatre.
Additional top winners include second place Liam Jewel, a rare Albino Pekingese, and the third-place winner is Chelsea, a senior pit bull mix. Additional local winners include nine dogs and one cat that will be featured in the monthly pictorial calendar. They will also receive the photo shoots, gift certificates and calendars.
Each year, the Humane Society applauds contest winners and debuts the calendar with a PUP Party. The carnival theme of the 2018 calendar will be celebrated on Saturday, December 2 at the Limelight theater in St. Augustine with a production of the play, Coney Island Christmas.
Fundraising event guests will enjoy a fun-filled evening with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, wine pull, silent auction, a complimentary Pin Up Paws 2018 calendar, and the theater performance. Cocktail Hour with auction and wine pull starts at 6:30 pm, and the curtain raises at 7:30 pm. Admission is $48 per person.
The calendar contest initially started in June with donors who submitted a photo of their pet to be featured in the 2018 calendar. There was a $5 entry fee per pet to submit the photos, then friends placed votes for the pet in order for owners to win prizes. According to Carolyn Smith, St. Augustine Humane Society’s Executive Director, the fundraiser netted close to $14,000 with voting submissions. Finished calendars will cost $10 each beginning on November 4 and available at the Humane Society, 1665 Moultrie Road in St. Augustine, and other local retail locations.
All proceeds from submissions and vote donations, and sales will benefit the programs and services of the St. Augustine Humane Society. For more information about the contest and sponsorships, call (904) 829-2737 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the website at http://www.PUPparty.org.