SAINT AUGUSTINE – The St. Augustine Humane Society has launched its ninth annual Pin Up Paws pet calendar photo contest with the theme this year, “Pets Ahoy”. The fundraiser supports the non-profit’s mission of promoting healthy lifelong pet ownership and reducing the rate of relinquishment to shelters. For a chance to have any pet featured in the full color, high-quality calendar, photos are submitted with heartfelt and entertaining descriptions to let people know why they should vote for the pet to be featured in the calendar for donations starting at $1 for votes. Last year, more than $25,400 was raised by the effort which set a record amount for calendar votes and donations to the campaign. For more information, call (904) 829-2737 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the contest website at www.PinUpPaws.com.
The pets with the greatest number of votes will be first place winners for an opportunity to receive the coveted cover spot for the calendar and in the consecutive 12 months of pages. The 24 second place winners will be featured for one of the months in the calendar. The next highest number of votes will be runners-up and will have the images and a brief description of a pet or car featured in a smaller featured space. The top 80 pet contestants will have images of their featured in a calendar collage. “Pets Ahoy” calendar will feature the winning pets in pirate attire and props while the dog or cat is fitted with accessories to match their unique personalities. Voting ends on Saturday, August 17 at 8:00 pm EDT when winners will be revealed.
Styling and photography sessions will take place with award winning photographer, Addison Fitzgerald who has donated his talents to the Humane Society since the calendar’s inception. Local fine artist and graphic designer, Maribel Angel continues to donate her creative talents to designing the distinctive calendar publication. And, for the fifth 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 along with Columbia Restaurant and gift certificate donations.
According to Carolyn Smith, St. Augustine Humane Society’s Executive Director, the pirates from St. Augustine’s Krewe of the 13 will help with calendar efforts as a registered public charity which raises money to help local families who find themselves in dire need.
The completed calendar will be revealed at the Pin Up Paws Party on Thursday, November 7 beginning at 6 pm, Guy Harvey Resort, 860 A1A Beach Blvd, St Augustine Beach. Price per ticket is $65 for dinner, live music, silent auction, wine pull, refreshments, and more, along with pirates from Krewe of the 13 during the family fun event.
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.
About St. Augustine Humane Society:
The Humane Society’s spay, neuter and surgery clinic is open every Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.. The wellness clinic is open every Wednesday and Thursday from 9 am to 4 pm. Pet owners must pre-register for spay and neuter surgery. The Humane Society’s resource center includes a wellness and preventative care clinic, low-cost spay and neuter clinic, grooming facility, dog training, and a pet food pantry. These and other services enable local pets to live happily and healthfully in their homes for life. Business hours are Monday through Friday from 9 am until 4 pm. Open Saturday by appointment. Closed Sunday. The Humane Society is located at 1665 Old Moultrie Road in St. Augustine.
St. Augustine Humane Society promotes healthy responsible lifelong pet ownership by serving the medical and rehabilitative needs of companion animals in our community. The programs are designed to strengthen human-pet relationships and reduce the need for pets to enter shelters with a goal is to ensure all pets have access to quality veterinary care, prevent overpopulation, and end animal suffering.