Pet photo calendar a gift that gives back

Published 11:38 pm Friday, November 23, 2018

The clock is ticking toward Christmas and, with a flip of the calendar, New Year 2019 will be here. And, to keep track of the days and important events thousands of wall calendars will be smartly wrapped and placed under the Christmas tree.

Perhaps purchased as a last thought gift or the perfect present for one who has everything.

After all, the earliest relics of human civilization are thought to be primitive calendars etched on bone. So, why not a calendar for Christmas?

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And, those who are looking for that ‘why not’ kind of gift need only to look to the Humane Society of Pike County for an answer.

The humane society’s 2019 Pet Photo Calendars are on sale for only $10 or two for $15. The calendars are just the right size to hang above the telephone, on the refrigerator and next to the door to write down a thought that would be fleeting the very next moment if not recorded. And, these calendars are there as reminders when important events have slipped your mind.

Donna Brockmann, president of the Human Society of Pike County, said the calendars are beautifully done and feature all pets entered in the human society’s Pet Photo Contest.

Miss Maggie Malone is the cover pet, the honor bestowed upon the winner of the annual pet photo contest. Maggie is the Australian Shepherd member of the Booker family, who are newcomers to Pike County. Maggie loves anything with water – the ocean, a swimming pool, a bathtub or a water bowl. If it has water in it, Maggie will go for a swim in it.

Pets of the Month are featured front and center and pets of the week have prominent places on the calendar. And, not pets are left out. Pets are honorably mentioned on a full page and the back cover features all cover pets since the calendar fundraiser began making a difference in 2009.

The difference the fundraiser makes is not calculated in dollars and cents, only in the difference those dollars make in reducing the number of abused, neglected and abandoned animals in Pike County.

The funds raised though the Pet Photo Contest and Calendar sales are dedicated primarily to the Humane Society of Pike County’s spay/neuter and feral cat programs.

Brockman said having dogs and cats spayed/neutered is the best way to control the unwanted animal population.

“When you purchase a 2019 Pet Photo Calendar, you are helping to reduce the unwanted animals in Pike County and eliminate the suffering of those unloved animals.

Human Society of Pike County 2019 Pet Photo Calendars may be purchased at Byrd Drugs, Guynn’s Income Tax and Bookkeeping Service, Haisten, Shipman & Wiggins, Jinright’s Hillside Antiques, Jones Animal Clinic, The Little Framery, Sister’s Restaurant, Southern Animal Hospital, TB&T Main Branch, Three Notch Antiques and Troy Animal Clinic.

Contact for more information. Donations may be made to Human Society of Pike County, P.O. Box 296, Troy, Alabama 36081. All donations and support are greatly appreciated.