The pet calendar craze is sweeping the nation, and animal rescue groups are responding. After all, a calendar can be a great way to raise funds for your shelter or rescue group. Everybody needs a calendar, and that’s why they’re such popular holiday gifts.
Two animal shelters in my home state have jumped on the bandwagon and produced calendars of their own. The Humane Society of Knox County in Thomaston, Maine, has developed a wall calendar; and the SPCA of Hancock County in Trenton, Maine, is offering a weekly engagement calendar in which people can sponsor a page — or pages — to feature a photo of their pet (I’m particularly proud of this calendar because I designed it).
But one group’s calendar was designed not only to raise funds but to challenge the “cat lady” stereotype.
The Found Animals Foundation‘s 6 Packs 9 Lives calendar features 14 very handsome men and the cats they love. They’re pictured lifting weights, riding motorcycles, wearing their law-enforcement uniforms, and showing off their chiseled good looks — all with their cats in tow.
Award-winning fashion photographer Adam Bouska took all the pictures, and the quality of his work shows through in each page. The publisher is donating $1 from each calendar sold in retail outlets, and the Found Animals Foundation has bought 10,000 of the calendars to donate to Los Angeles-area cat rescue nonprofits.
We all know that real men love cats, and I’m glad the Found Animals Foundation has decided to spread that truth to the world at large. “Our 14 calendar hunks couldnt imagine their lives without feline companionship, and encourage everyone to adopt a cat from their local animal shelter or rescue group,” the group says.
I couldn’t imagine being friends with a guy who didn’t love — or at the very least, respect — cats. Maybe that makes me a crazy cat lady, but if that’s the case, I’ll wear that label with pride. I’d much rather look at good-looking dudes and the cats that love them than have a bunch of dust-gathering “limited edition” collector cat plates hanging on my wall!
If you don’t live in Los Angeles, you can buy the 6 Packs 9 Lives calendar online (the calendars are temporarily out of stock, but you can pre-order; more are being printed soon). It’s a great gift for that person in your life who loves photos of hot guys or for the friend or family member that loves cats. And you get to help save cats’ lives, too!