The St. Augustine Humane Society has launched its 10th annual Pin Up Paws pet calendar photo contest with the theme this year, “Mission Pawsible.” The fundraiser supports the non-profit’s accomplishments since launching the contest in 2010 and the organization’s mission of promoting healthy lifelong pet ownership while reducing the rate of relinquishment to shelters. For a chance to have a 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 $23,000 was raised by the effort for calendar votes and donations to the campaign.
The pet with the most number of votes at the end of the contest will be the first-place winner, and will receive the coveted cover spot on the 2021 Pin Up Paws Calendar. Each of the 12 second place winners will be featured on one of the months in the calendar. All first and second place winners will receive a professional photography session along with gift certificates from Columbia Restaurant as part of the prize package. The 12 pets with the next highest number of votes will be runners-up, and will have the image they submitted to the contest and a brief description of their pet featured in a one and a half-inch space in the calendar. The top 80 pet contestants will have their submitted photos included in a calendar collage. The “Mission Pawsible” calendar will feature the winning pets with secret agent attire and props. Voting ends on Saturday, August 8 at 8pm 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, 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 completed calendar will be revealed at the Pin Up Paws Party on Thursday, October 22 beginning at 6 pm, Guy Harvey Resort in St. Augustine Beach. Price per ticket is $65 for dinner, live music, silent auction, wine pull, refreshments, and more.
The calendars will be available for $10 each starting in October 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.
The Humane Society’s spay, neuter and surgery clinic is open every Tuesday from 8am to 4pm. The wellness clinic is open every Wednesday and Thursday from 9am to 4pm. 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 9am until 4pm. Open Saturday by appointment. Closed Sunday.
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 prevent animal suffering.