A post by guest blogger Jill Scapelliti
If you have a pet, then you know how fulfilling it is to get that perfect picture of him/her doing something cute or goofy or literally just sleeping (you just can’t help yourself because it’s so darn adorable). You show off the photo to your friends, post it on Facebook, even frame it and put it on your desk at work. These photos make you smile during your longest days.
If any of the above hits home with you, then please take a second to read about our great Calendar Contest where you can show off your “Hollywood” kitty or pooch and also give back to homeless furry pets in need of love and help this summer.
I am a dedicated volunteer at Almost Home Animal Rescue League in Southfield. The economy has really hit us hard over the past year, and the number of homeless cats and dogs has skyrocketed. We are a true 100% No-Kill shelter, meaning we keep our animals until we find them a new forever home. We are overflowing with cats and dogs, and our volunteers are exhausted. Just when we start to feel great about finding two little kittens a new home, another litter is dumped at our doorstep. It’s never-ending, but our volunteers are tireless and determined to make a difference in each and every animal’s life.
I know that many people feel they can’t emotionally handle volunteering at a shelter, my friends constantly ask how I do it. I tell them that it’s really tough and there are days where I do cry, but I know that my time with these animals is more meaningful to them than my tears. I AM making a difference and that keeps me going.
If you would like to make a difference to our cats and dogs, please enter our 2011 Pet Calendar Contest! YOU can really make an impact on their lives at the shelter without stepping away from your computer! How good would that make you feel!? It’s so easy! Come on, helping out dogs like our sweet Dana, a one-year old Shepard mix who was found roaming the streets alone in Southfield? She is terrific with people of all ages and loves other dogs too! And you can’t forget about our cats like Toffee, a young orange and white kitty who was hit by a car, and is making a full recovery at our shelter (he is a total lover too!).
Send in the best photo of your adorable pet along with the $20 entry fee by August 15th, and you are guaranteed that your pet's photo will appear in our full-color, 2011 calendar. If you would like to purchase a calendar with your glamorous pet in it, it’s only $20! 13 "Pet of the Month" photos will be selected with one lucky pet winning a Professional Photo Session and 3 free photos from Up the Hill Photography.
The winner will also be featured on the calendar cover! Talk about bragging rights, your pet will be the star of your household for years to come! These homeless pets are deserving and beautiful, and we truly appreciate you spreading the word about them and our contest! See our entry form for complete contest details. And be sure to check out our website!