If you love animals and are looking for a way to support homeless pets in Will County, ordering a 2020 canine calendar from the Forest Preserve District is the perfect option.
You can order your calendar now at willcountydogs.org. And if you decide to order extras as presents for this holiday season, they will be shipped in time for you to give them to all of your animal-loving friends and family.
Proceeds from the sales of calendars will benefit the Will County Humane Society. The shelter has been serving the area for over 40 years with a single purpose – to provide a safe haven for homeless pets and help them find their forever home. The organization receives no state or federal funding and relies entirely on donations.
The dogs that will be featured in the calendar are all dogs that romp and play at the Forest Preserve District’s six dog parks.
“We thought it was a great way to help homeless pets while also celebrating the dogs that frequent our dog parks on a daily basis,” said Ralph Schultz, the Forest Preserve’s chief operating officer.
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Since a casting call was published in June, the District has narrowed the number of prospective calendar models from 250 dogs to more than 40.
"It was extremely difficult to narrow the field because each dog was unique in its own way and would have made a great addition to the calendar," said Laura Kiran, the Forest Preserve's director of marketing and communications. "Due to space limits we had to reduce the number to a manageable amount. But we truly appreciate all those who submitted photos of their pets for consideration."
Now that the photo shoots have been completed, the calendar will be assembled, printed and distributed to all who want to make a difference in homeless animals’ lives by ordering one or more. One dog will be selected for the cover, 12 for each month of the year and the remainder will be featured in other places within the calendar.
Calendars cost $15 each, which includes shipping and taxes, and approximately $10 from each calendar sold will be donated to the Will County Humane Society, the oldest no-kill shelter in the county. The calendars are being sold via preorders only from now until Sunday, October 20. Orders will be shipped the week of November 25 to ensure they are received in time for the holidays.
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Every day of the year, the humane society cares for more than 40 homeless dogs and nearly 100 cats looking for their forever homes. It provides for their general health care, shelter and well-being through its network of volunteers and resources.
This private shelter is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit that relies on generous donations to run the facility and care for pets. At the Will County Humane Society, homeless pets stay as long as they need in order to find homes. During their stay, the Humane Society handles their comprehensive care and medical needs.
“The dogs that visit Forest Preserve dog parks are lucky, because they have homes and owners who care for and about them,” Kiran said. “But not every animal is as fortunate. The calendar initiative is a way to help those pets that are without a loving family to call their own, while also putting our dog park patrons' pets in the spotlight.”
The calendar will include a wide variety of breeds, sizes, ages and stories. Some of the humane society’s successful placement stories and several of the calendar dogs' stories will be featured on the Forest Preserve’s website and in its Citizen newsletter in the coming weeks.
And if you want to get a sneak preview of the more than 40 dogs that were photographed for the calendar, the canines will be featured daily in a new Instagram account at instagram.com/todayspooch.
The message is simple: order one or more calendars today to make a difference in a homeless animal’s life and enjoy viewing pictures of photogenic pups all year long in 2020.
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