Sup­port the shel­ter

Shel­ter an­i­mals fea­tured in L.A. An­i­mal Shel­ter’s fundrais­ing cal­en­dar

The Amherst News - - FRONT PAGE - By Dar­rell Cole Amherst News dar­rell.cole@amher­st­ Twit­ter: @ADN­dar­rell

For the third con­sec­u­tive year the L.A. An­i­mal Shel­ter has re­leased a fundrais­ing cal­en­dar, this year choos­ing the theme Look At Us Now.

AMHERST – An­i­mals from the L.A. An­i­mal Shel­ter have touched the lives of so many peo­ple, just as those who adopt them change the lives of the an­i­mals they’ve adopted.

Some of th­ese spe­cial cats and dogs are be­ing fea­tured in the shel­ter’s lat­est fundrais­ing cal­en­dar, Look At Us Now.

“What we’ve done is taken for­mer shel­ter cats and dogs and fea­tured them in their new homes and in their new lives,” shel­ter pres­i­dent Terri McCormick said.

This is the third fundrais­ing cal­en­dar for the shel­ter and builds on the suc­cess of Furba­bies and Friends that showed shel­ter an­i­mals with Amherst and area per­son­al­i­ties and Around the Town that fea­tured the an­i­mals at lo­cal land­marks.

McCormick said the project is so for­tu­nate to have board mem­ber Mea­gan Cormier from Gallery 8 show­ing her cre­ative tal­ents with the an­i­mals. Cormier took all the pho­to­graphs, poured though count­less dig­i­tal im­ages to find the right ones for each month of the cal­en­dar.

“Our first two cal­en­dars were very well re­ceived. It got to the point that so many peo­ple wanted their shel­ter an­i­mals fea­tured in the cal­en­dar. It wasn’t very hard to find peo­ple,” Cormier said. “In fact, we could’ve done sev­eral cal­en­dars with all the in­ter­est.”

McCormick said peo­ple are proud to say they have adopted one or more cats and dogs from the shel­ter over the years and one of the an­i­mals fea­tured in this year’s cal­en­dar was adopted as far back as 2009.

“It’s such a pos­i­tive thing for the an­i­mals and those who adopt them,” McCormick said. “You look at th­ese an­i­mals in their new en­vi­ron­ments and they’ve brought so much happiness to their own­ers. It’s a win-win be­cause the an­i­mals are in lov­ing sit­u­a­tion and their own­ers en­joy the com­pan­ion­ship that comes with hav­ing a dog or cat from the shel­ter.”

For ex­am­ple, McCormick said, one of the pets fea­tured in the cal­en­dar was al­ways present as his owner was go­ing through her cancer bat­tle.

“He was by her side al­most ev­ery sec­ond of her cancer bat­tle and he not only gave her strength when times were tough, but the com­pan­ion­ship and un­con­di­tional love were so im­por­tant,” McCormick said. “She told us she has never re­gret­ted the mo­ment she adopted the dog.”

There is only one hu­man in the cal­en­dar, while the re­main­ing 11 an­i­mals are shown in their nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ments or do­ing some­thing they love.

“One dog is shown at the beach on his own pad­dle­board while in an­other photo there’s a dog play­ing with a ball,” McCormick said.

Cormier said spend­ing an hour or two with of the own­ers and their an­i­mals is very spe­cial be­cause she got to learn a lit­tle bit about ev­ery­one’s story and the re­la­tion­ships that have de­vel­oped between adopter and adoptee.

“It’s pretty amaz­ing when you think how it started and where they’re at now,” Cormier said. “It’s re­ally mov­ing.”

The cal­en­dars are $20 each and can be pur­chased from Mar­itime Mo­saic, the Amherst Vet­eri­nary Hospi­tal, WAG Ca­nine Cen­tre, Park Your Paws and the L.A. An­i­mal Shel­ter. The Bank of Nova Sco­tia will match sales for a month, some­thing it has done the pre­vi­ous two years.

All the pro­ceeds go to sup­port the shel­ter, which is al­ways look­ing for new ways to raise money to sup­port its op­er­a­tions. The shel­ter gets some fund­ing from Amherst and the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Cum­ber­land, but it’s no where near enough to cover things like med­i­cal bills, med­i­ca­tion, food and other sup­plies.

The shel­ter is also mak­ing some very im­por­tant re­pairs to its roof and needs stain­less steel cages.

Mea­gan Cormier – For the Amherst News

Har­ley is one of the for­mer shel­ter an­i­mals fea­tured in the L.A. An­i­mal Shel­ter’s 2018 fundrais­ing cal­en­dar Look At Us Now. The cal­en­dar, the third done by Me­gan Cormier for the shel­ter, fea­tures for shel­ter an­i­mals in their new homes.

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