Â From The St. Augustine Humane Society
The St. Augustine Humane Society has completed its fundraising efforts with the Pin Up Paws pet calendar for 2016. This is the fifth year with a record-breaking $15,182 raised to support the non-profitâ€™s mission to promote healthy lifelong pet ownership and reducing the rate of relinquishment to shelters.Â The â€œSitâ€ calendar features a special photo theme with local pets on their favorite forbidden chairs and accessorized according to the breed or type and period of furniture.
The following three top pets and individuals are winners of the Pin Up Paws photo contest with highest number of public votes. Each dog raised more than $1,000 and will be featured in the 2016 calendar:
- June CarterÂ -Â Â Adam Whittington, St. Augustine
- FletcherÂ – Â Â Â Jim and Nancy Watson, St. Augustine
- LoganÂ – Â Â Dave Snellen, St. Augustine
Additional programs that will benefit from the promotion include the non-profitâ€™s charity pet clinic, low-cost spay neuter program, dog training classes, pet food bank, grooming services, and the Humane Societyâ€™s re-homing assistance.Â The organizationâ€™s â€œPin Up Pawsâ€ calendar fundraiser started in June with donors who submitted a photo of their pet to be featured in the 2016 calendar. There was a $5 charge to submit the photos and friends voted for the pet for the owners to win prizes.
The fundraiserâ€™s deadline for pet photo submissions was in mid- August with public voting completed during that time. All winners were determined by online public voting with $1 per vote. Visit the website to view the winning pet photos and descriptions at http://www.gogophotocontest.com/staugustine.
At the close of the contest, professional photo shoots took place in preparation for the final production of the Pin Up Paws 2016 Calendar â€“ S I T. The colorful, full-size calendar publications will be available on Oct. 30 with a $10 donation and just in time for the holidays. Calendars may be purchased online, by phone, at selected retail locations, and at the Humane Society, 1665 Old Moultrie Rd. in St. Augustine, Fla. 100 percent of all proceeds will benefit the programs and services of the St. Augustine Humane Society. â€œWe are extremely proud to have produced another fun experience with the calendar fundraiser and appreciate the ongoing support from pet enthusiasts in St. Johns County. Their efforts show caring and support for pets in our community.
The calendars will be a great way to honor some of our local and beloved cats and dogs,â€ said Smith. Winners have been notified and will participate in a professional photo shoot by renowned, St. Augustine â€“based photographer Addison Fitzgerald at Garrett Brothers Home DÃ©cor in St. Augustine. Local artist Maribel Angel donated her design time and expertise to produce the calendar.
Prizes to the winners include items such as gift certificates from the Columbia Restaurant chain and the annual Community Harvest program whereÂ during the month of September and when the Humane Society is selected as a recipient, the restaurant will donate five percent of all guests’ lunch and dinner checks to the charitable organization in the form of gift certificates.
Winners will also receive free copies of the 2016 calendar. Visit the website for more information at www.staughumane.org.