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St. Augustine Humane Society's New Pet Calendar Fundraiser
St. Augustine Humane Society's New Pet Calendar Fundraiser

The St. Augustine Humane Society has launched its newest fundraising program to support the non-profit's mission to prevent pet overpopulation with affordable spay neuter programs and to eliminate the relinquishment of pets to shelters.

The organization's "Pin Up Paws" calendar fundraiser allows donors to submit a photo of their pet to be featured in the 2012 calendar. There is no charge to submit the photos and friends can vote for the pet for the owners to win prizes. Visit the website for more information and to view official rules at http://www.staugustinehumanesociety.org/pinuppawscalendar.html.

"It's fun and easy to participate and demonstrate how much you care about the pets and citizens of St. Johns County. The finished calendar will remind us of our many favorite furry friends," said Carolyn Smith, St. Augustine Humane Society's Operations Director.

Photos can be submitted online or by mail. Voters can contribute as little as $5 as a tax-deductible donation through a secure online payment system or by sending a check to: St. Augustine Humane Society, Calendar Photo Fundraiser, and P. O. Box 133, St. Augustine, FL 32085. The voting period ends at 11:59 pm on October 2. For more information, call 904.829.2737 or email info@staughumane.org.

Approximately 2,000 colorful, full-size calendars will be printed to depict the human-animal bond. The calendars will be distributed as thank you gifts to calendar photo fundraiser participants who raise over 50 votes, donors of $100 or more over the past year, and St. Augustine Humane Society volunteers. The remaining calendars will be available for sale in October with an online purchase, by phone, or at the Humane Society location, 1665 Old Moultrie Rd. All proceeds from submissions and vote donations, and sales will benefit the programs and services of the St. Augustine Humane Society.

Top photos for the calendar and collage page winners will be judged on creativity and originality and determined with public voting along with contest judges including St. Augustine Humane Society staff and members of the Board of Directors. Winners will be notified and asked to provide a high resolution version of the photo and a short biography about the pet. Prizes include items such as professional photos of the pet at historic landmarks in St. Augustine, gift certificates from the local Columbia Restaurant, free copies of the 2012 calendar, tote bags, and commemorative paw print tiles by Westside Studio in St. Augustine, among others.

Additionally, the non-profit has launched a Facebook fan contest. The first 250 fans to "like" the St. Augustine Humane Society on the website are eligible to win a $100 gift certificate from the Columbia Restaurant. The Humane Society is an approved partner in the Columbia's Community Harvest program. The restaurant will also donate five percent of a diner's bill to the St. Augustine Humane Society during the month of September.  Visit the website for more information at www.staughumane.org.

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