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Staff Pick: A Paws (Pic) for a Worthy Cause

By Jessica Forbes

Most pet owners, like any crazy-in-love parent, are proud to share photos of their animal companion to anyone who will stand still long enough. The Humane Society of Pensacola’s Barktoberfest 2013 Calendar Contest allows them to do just that, but on a much wider, public scale.

The calendar contest isn’t just for dogs—any pet is eligible to enter. How it works:  Humans post photos of their pet(s) online and the public then votes on their favorite pictures. The 13 animals with the highest number of votes earn a spot on the 2014 calendar, with the winning photo going on the cover.

Aside from bragging rights, the pet model whose picture receives the most votes will also receive a $100 gift card to Pet Smart and a free calendar; those ranked 2 through 12 will receive a free copy of the calendar, of which they so cutely grace the pages.

“The contest ends July 30, and we notify the winners right away after that,” said Humane Society of Pensacola (HSOP) Director Sarah Humlie. Barktoberfest, which takes place annually in October, marks the public premiere of the calendars and the first time they are available for purchase.

Humlie reports that the calendar contest is one of the most successful fundraisers for the shelter, “Last year it was our 2nd largest fundraiser behind Barktoberfest.” Barktoberfest is held in Seville Square, and features a number of activities that raise awareness of and funds for the HSOP and its mission.

Proceeds from the calendar sales go to help feed and care for animals boarding at the HSOP, a no-kill shelter and adoption center that depends on donations and fundraisers for funding. The Humane Society of Pensacola has been in operation, rescuing animals and connecting them with families since 1942.

To submit a picture or vote, visit 360photocontest.com/196. Open now, the contest will end at midnight on July 30.