Dog lovers in need of a 2020 calendar can order one full of canines from the Forest Preserve District of Will County to support homeless pets.
Calendars can be ordered online at willcountydogs.org, and those ordered as presents will come in time for the holiday season, according to a news release.
Proceeds from calendar sales will benefit the Will County Humane Society. The shelter has been serving the area for over 40 years to provide a safe haven for homeless pets and help them find a permanent home.
The organization receives no state or federal funding and relies entirely on donations.
The dogs featured in the calendar were all photographed playing at one of the forest preserve’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 district’s chief operating officer.
Since the preserve district did a casting call in June, it’s 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 district’s director of marketing and communications. “Due to the space limits, we had to reduce the number. But we truly appreciate all those who submitted photos of their pets.”
Calendars cost $15 each, including shipping and taxes, and the humane society will receive about $10 from each calendar sale.