The St. Augustine Humane Society has launched its 11th Annual Pin Up Paws Annual Pet Calendar Photo Contest this year, “Paws Across America,” featuring winning pets and their photos in a variety of ways. of scenes associated with iconic American landmarks.
Fundraising supports the achievements of the nonprofit organization since the competition launched in 2010 and the organization’s mission to promote healthy, permanent pet ownership while reducing the abandonment rate from shelters.
In support of the overall fundraising, the association will be organizing a special Pin Up Paws Primary event from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday July 16 at Palm Valley Outdoors Bar & Grill, 377, boulevard S. Roscoe, beach of Ponte Vedra.
The primary is free and open to the public, as well as calendar candidates who raise $ 200 or more by 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 15. Pets of qualified applicants will be featured on collection jars during the event to continue the campaign and collect donations for the nonprofit organization.
The pet owner candidate who raises the most money will win a Humane Society award. All money collected will be applied to each participant’s page for the final placement of pet photos, gifts and prizes.
For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/StAugustineHumaneSociety. To enter the contest or vote for your favorite competitor, visit www.PinUpPaws.com.
According to Sam Williams, chairman of the board of directors of the St. Augustine Humane Society and general manager of the Palm Valley Outdoors Bar & Grill, he and his restaurant team look forward to welcoming guests who attend family activities for a good cause. .
“The key mission of the St. Augustine Humane Society is to promote the ownership of healthy and responsible pets throughout the lifespan by meeting the medical and rehabilitation needs of pets in our community,” he said. he declares. “Our programs are designed to strengthen human-animal relationships and reduce the need for animals to enter shelters with the aim of ensuring that all animals have access to quality veterinary care, prevent overpopulation and prevent suffering. animal. This is one of the many ways we raise the much-needed funds to support the non-profit organization. “
To have a chance to have a pet featured in the calendar in full color and high quality, photos are submitted with candid and entertaining descriptions to explain to people why they should vote to have the pet on the calendar for donations start at $ 1 for votes.
Online pet photos and written entries close at 8 p.m. Thursday, August 5. The contest closes at 8 p.m. on Saturday August 7.
Last year over $ 21,000 was raised through the effort for calendar votes and campaign donations.
For more information call (904) 829-2737 or email [email protected] The public can visit the contest website at www.PinUpPaws.com.
The pet with the most votes at the end of the contest will be the first place winner and receive the blanket place on the Pin Up Paws 2022 calendar.
Each of the 12 second place winners will be featured on one of the calendar months.
All first and second place winners will receive a professional photo shoot as well as Columbia Restaurant gift certificates as part of the prize.
The next 12 pets with the highest number of votes will be finalists and will have the image they submitted to the contest and a brief description of their pet within an inch and a half in the calendar. Photos of the top 80 pets will be included in a calendar collage.
Styling and photography sessions will take place with award-winning photographer Addison Fitzgerald, who has donated her talents to the Humane Society since the inception of the calendar.
Local artist and graphic designer Maribel Angel continues to put her creative talents to service the design of the distinctive calendar publication. And the Humane Society is receiving a billboard that will be donated by Clear Channel Outdoor for eight weeks along US 1 in St. Johns County.
The completed schedule will be revealed at a Pin Up Paws party in St. Augustine in October. The location will be announced along with prices for dinner, live music, silent auction, wine, refreshments and more.
Calendars will be available for $ 10 each starting in October and will be purchased online, over the phone, or at Humane Society and area stores.
All proceeds from submissions, votes, sponsorships and sales will benefit the programs and services of the St. Augustine Humane Society. Campaign and calendar sales and events will benefit the St. Augustine Humane Society Veterinary Clinic and Surgery Center, as well as other services and programs.
The Humane Society is located at 1665 Old Moultrie Road in St. Augustine.