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St. Augustine Humane Society names winning pets and owners of the 2012 pet calendar

St. Augustine Humane Society names winning pets and owners of the 2012 pet calendar fundraising promotion

St. Augustine, Florida – Oct. 4, 2011 – The St. Augustine Humane Society has completed one of its newest fundraising programs which supports 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 started in July with donors who submitted a photo of their pet to be featured in the 2012 calendar. There was no charge to submit the photos and friends voted for the pet for the owners to win prizes. Visit the website to view the winning pet photos and descriptions atwww.360photocontest.com/102.

The fundraiser’s deadline for pet photo submissions was on September 28 with public voting on October 2. Final judging was completed on October 3. According to Carolyn Smith, St. Augustine Humane Society’s Operations Director, the judging was exciting and a challenge with 129 endearing photo submissions.

The fundraiser netted $8,000 with voting submissions and finished calendars will cost $10 each.  Approximately 2,000 calendars will be ready for sale at the Hoots N Howls event on October 22, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., The Events Field on Castillo Drive, in downtown St. Augustine. For more information, visit the event website atwww.hootsnhowls.com. Calendars will also be on sale at the Humane Society, 1665 Moultrie Road in St. Augustine. All proceeds from submissions and vote donations, and sales will benefit the programs and services of the St. Augustine Humane Society.

“We had a fun experience with the calendar fundraiser. The effort demonstrated how much our local pet owners truly care about their pets. The finished calendar will be a permanent reminder of our favorite cats and dogs,” said Smith.

The top photos for the calendar were 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 have been notified and will participate in a professional photo shoot by renowned, St. Augustine –based photographers Addison Fitzgerald and Tom Eichling at the historicLightner Museum courtyard in downtown St. Augustine.

The following pets and individuals are winners of the Pin Up Paws photo contest:

First Place (cover pet dog)     Riley          Owner: Joe Andrick

Second Place (June dog)          Meme           Owner: Wendy Reams

Third Place (Feb. dog)          Daysea         Owner: Susan Jackson

Next eight pet photos with highest number of public votes:

Bella                   (Jan. dog)                 Owner: Lorena Johnston

Princess Leia           (March dog)                Owner: Keith and Devon Curran

Birt                    (April dog)                Owner: Vickie Kane

Bella                   (May dog)                  Owner: Suzann Maass

Tonka                   (Sept. dog)                Owner: Christina Joy

Nigel                   (Oct. cat)                 Owner: Meghan Durden

Teddy                   (Nov. dog)                 Owner:Lauren Lake

Sunshine                (Dec. dog)                 Owner: Katherine and Todd                                                                                                            Batenhorst

Final two were judges’ picks (based on creativity, originality, and cuteness):

Putter                  (Aug Pin up dog)           Owner: Kathleen Almony

Broozer                 (July Pin up dog)          Owner: Bob Nelson

Prizes to the winners include items such gift certificates from the local Columbia Restaurant, free copies of the 2012 calendar, and commemorative paw print tiles by Westside Studio in St. Augustine, among others. Visit the website for more information at www.staughumane.org.

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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 atwww.staugustinehumanesociety.org.

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