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August 16 Deadline for 2013 Pet Calendar Fundraiser Photo Submissions

St. Augustine Humane Society nears deadline for 2013 pet calendar fundraiser with photo submissions and voting.

The St. Augustine Humane Society’s fundraising program is nearing its deadline to supports the non-profit’s mission to prevent pet overpopulation with affordable spay neuter programs and to eliminate the need to relinquish pets to shelters.

The organization’s “Pin Up Paws” calendar fundraiser started in June and allows donors to submit a photo of their pet to be featured in the 2013 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.staughumane.org/pinuppawscontest.html

The fundraiser deadline for pet photo submissions is Thursday, August 16 with final voting on Saturday, August 18.

“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 and voters can contribute as little as $5 as a tax-deductible donation through a secure online payment system. For more information, call 904.829.2737 or email admin1@staughumane.org.

Approximately 2,500 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 more than 100 votes and to volunteers. The remaining calendars will be available for sale in September 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 will be judged on creativity and originality, and determined by public voting along with contest judges including St. Augustine Humane Society staff and members of the Board of Directors. Winners will be notified and must participate in scheduled photo shoots at selected locations during the week of August 20, 2012. Collage page winners will include all pets that have received at least 5 votes.

Prizes include items such gift certificates from the local Columbia Restaurant, free copies of the 2013 calendar, and a professional photo session with Addison Fitzgerald.

Additionally, the non-profit is partnering again this year during the 15th Annual Columbia Restaurant Community Harvest program. Through this program, The Columbia donates five percent of all guests’ lunch and dinner checks to the charitable organizations chosen by their customers during the entire month of September. The process is for lunch and dinner customers to put a check mark next to the name of the charitable organization listed on the form provided by the server and that they would like the Columbia to donate five percent of their check. For the past fourteen years, the Columbia Restaurant Community Harvest has donated over $1,311,000 to non-profit organizations throughout Florida. Visit the website for more information at www.staughumane.org.

The St. Augustine Humane Society promotes responsible pet ownership and strengthens the human-animal bond through education and training; works to reduce the relinquishment rate of pets to shelters through assistance services and through effective, affordable spay and neuter efforts; and is a resource center for the citizens and animals of St. Johns County, Florida.

The facility is located at 1665 Moultrie Road in St. Augustine, Fla. Business hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 9 am until 4 pm. Closed on Sunday and Monday. For more information call 904.829.2737 or visit the website at www.staugustinehumanesociety.org.

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