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New calendar needs your photogenic pets

Initiative raising money for Timmins and District Humane Society
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The Timmins and District Humane Society is looking for pet photos for their new calendar fundraiser. You can see all of Zoey's calendar-worthy shots on Instagram at that_chihuahua_zozo. Supplied photo

If you’ve ever thought your pet is calendar-worthy, get out your camera!

The Timmins and District Humane Society has launched its pet photo calendar contest.

For a minimum donation of $5, proud pet parents can enter a photograph of their fur family (no humans allowed in the entries). A panel of judges will narrow down the entries after the Sept. 30 deadline, then the public will get to vote on what photos will be featured in the calendar.

For the entry chosen for the coveted calendar cover shot, the winner will receive a professional photography session with Marc Durocher Photography and a signature 16x20 canvas print, valued at more than $500.

The calendar is something OSPCA agent Chelsey Romain has wanted to do for years.

“In the end, we hope to have 13 shelter animals, ideally, but we’re not going to limit it because it is a first-time event,” she said.

“We want as much participation as possible and as much variety and photos as we possibly can get, so we’re not limiting it.”

Organizers are looking for good photos — from quirky to adorable — from throughout the year.

“Ideally, we get winter photos for winter months and stuff like that, but we’re leaving it pretty open to everybody’s own creative imagery and doing whatever they want,” she said.

Once the public chooses their favourite photos, the calendars will be for sold.

They are still working on the details, but Romain said they will likely be $20 to $25.

“Once it is announced, we’re going to ask people to pre-order if they can. We’re going to have hopefully some on display, but the bulk of it is going to be pre-order,” she said.

They will also try to have samples as quick as possible so people can see the calendar and have it in time for the holidays.

If you're sending in a photo, there are a few things to keep in mind.

Entries must be in colour and a high-resolution image. Because the photo needs to be enlarged for the calendar, they suggest that the file is at least 1 MB in size.

To make a donation, click here. Once you've made a donation, email your photo submission to cromain@ospca.on.ca.

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