Southern Pines Animal Shelter is giving Pine Belt residents a chance to show off and honor their pets while contributing to the shelter with its 2021 Meows & Bow-wows Calendar contest.
During the contest, which runs through Aug. 14, participants are encouraged to submit their favorite pictures of their pets on the contest site, https://rb.gy/q0dkct, where the entries will be voted on to determine a number of prizes.
“We’ve done different photo contests in the past, and we thought it would be fun to mix things up and do a calendar this year,” said Sarah Krock, who serves as foster coordinator for the shelter. “Everybody likes showing off pictures of their pets; it’s always fun, and it’s cool because we get to see a lot of different animals that have been adopted from the shelter too.
“That’s always fun, and it’s just a nice way for people to help support the shelter and kind of show off their personal pets too.”
Photo submissions are $5 minimum – although participants also can choose from a variety of donations – and may contain more than one pet. The photos should be high resolution, horizontal and saved in .jpg format.
Poor quality photos, photos with extensive filters or Photoshop work, photos with added text or questionable content will not be eligible for inclusion in the calendar.
Voting is open to everyone at $1 per vote, and each dollar donated equals an equivalent number of votes that are placed in the donor’s vote bank.
The First Prize will go to the participant with the most votes, who will have their pet displayed on the cover of the Southern Pines 2021 calendar, as well as on the month of the winner’s choice. A special photo session of the pet will be scheduled for the cover image, and the winner will receive a gallery of high-resolution, downloadable, printable images of the pet with printing rights. In addition, the winner also will receive a free calendar and a Southern Pines T-shirt.
Second through 12th places winners will have their pet featured as the main photo in one month of the calendar. Their pets will receive a 15-minute mini photo session, and the winner will receive one high-resolution image of their choice with printing rights.
In addition to the actual contest, participants can reserve a day to honor their pet, such as the pet’s birthday, adoption anniversary or a loved one’s birthday. This aspect is first-come first-served, as once a date has been reserved, it will no longer be available.
“If there’s a certain day, like your pet’s ‘gotcha’ day, or for your birthday or something like that, that way you can guarantee your pet will be in the calendar,” Krock said. “You can pick a specific date, and there’s a donation for that as well.”
So far, the shelter has reached approximately $1,500 of its $5,000 goal for the calendar.
“Donations are the lifeblood of the shelter, especially with the pandemic this year,” Krock said.