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Pin-up pets sought for BC SPCA calendar

Annual fundraiser now open for votes and submissions
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Winners Maddie, left, and Nyang Nyang are adjusting to their newfound fame after being pin-ups in last year’s BC SPCA Calendar, with the contest now open for voting and submissions to the 2025 edition. (BC SPCA photo)

From furry overlord to pin-up model, your pet could grace the pages of the 2025 BC SPCA calendar.

The Calendar Contest fundraiser, presented by Hill’s Pet Nutrition, is back and looking for people wanting to “give your beloved pet the spotlight they deserve, while also saving animals in need,” their website states.

If your furry friend is the cat’s meow, it could be one of 12 animals – six dogs and six cats/other – featured on a full page or even the cover of the calendar. There is also the coveted Hill’s Honourable Mention awarded to the cute contestant who raises 50 votes or more.

“There’s no better way to celebrate beloved pets while also giving vulnerable animals a chance to find their own safe, loving home,” Hill’s engagement specialist Frances Cheslo said in a media release. “Every year we’re surprised and delighted by this caring community.”

To participate, register online with pet photo and story, then encourage family and friends to vote by donation. One vote is the equivalent of $1, and are sold in packages of 25, 50, 100, or a customized amount between 10 and 2,500. The calendar, starring these new celebrities, will then be available for purchase to further raise money.

This contest helps provide vital funds for animal welfare, including protection, sheltering and adoption, as well as a range of outreach, advocacy and education services. Last year the BC SPCA helped more than 135,000 domestic, farm and wild animals in need.

More information, registration and voting is available online at www.spca.bc.ca, with the contest closing Saturday, Feb. 17.

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