Smile for the camera!

L.A. An­i­mal Shelter brings back pop­u­lar fundrais­ing cal­en­dar

The Amherst News - - CLASSIFIEDS / CUMBERLAND COUNTY - BY DAR­RELL COLE WHAT’S HAP­PEN­ING dar­rell.cole@amher­st­news.ca Twit­ter: @ADN­dar­rell

Mea­gan Cormier snaps her fin­gers fu­ri­ously as she presses the shut­ter on her camera.

The sub­ject of her photo, a thin Cal­ico named Mor­ti­cia, seems to love the at­ten­tion and raises its head in fas­ci­na­tion at this woman and the snap, snap, snap the camera makes ev­ery time she de­presses the shut­ter.

Cormier, of Gallery 8 Stu­dio in Amherst, has again do­nated her time and tal­ent to the L.A. An­i­mal Shelter as it pre­pares to re­lease its fourth fundrais­ing cal­en­dar.

“This is such a fun project,” Cormier said. “Al­though it can be in­ter­est­ing try­ing to keep their at­ten­tion long enough to get a good photo. Some were def­i­nitely a lot eas­ier than oth­ers and there was a lot of snap­ping fin­gers and play­ing with dog­gie or kitty toys to get their at­ten­tion for that split sec­ond for me to get the right photo.

“I imag­ine if you had a video of the be­hind the scenes it would prob­a­bly be pretty funny.”

Cormier is also a mem­ber of the shelter board and takes pho­tos of the an­i­mals up for adop­tion at the Smith Road cen­tre.

Shelter vice-pres­i­dent Terri Mc­Cormick said this is the fourth year the or­ga­ni­za­tion is sell­ing cal­en­dars as a fundraiser and it fol­lows on the suc­cess of the three pre­vi­ous cal­en­dars that fea­tured shelter an­i­mals around town, with their own­ers, and the suc­cess sto­ries of the cats and dogs who’ve been adopted.

“Last year we had fur ba­bies and the things we like to do and we also had fur ba­bies and friends around the com­mu­nity,” Mc­Cormick said. “This year we de­cided to do some­thing a lit­tle dif­fer­ent with por­traits, or close-ups of their faces.

“Mea­gan sug­gested a dif­fer­ent colour back­ground and it re­ally worked out well.”

Mc­Cormick and shelter pres­i­dent Barb Bowes spent hours try­ing to set the an­i­mals up with Cormier so they could get the per­fect shot. It wasn’t easy.

“I think I had bruises one day. Oreo, now known as Apollo, was so ram­bunc­tious,” Mc­Cormick quipped. “We’ve had a lot of laughs at the predica­ments we got our­selves into get­ting th­ese pho­tos.”

All the an­i­mals in the cal­en­dar have been adopted. At the time of the pho­to­shoot, some of the an­i­mals hadn’t been adopted.

Mc­Cormick said it has be­come a very suc­cess­ful fundraiser for the shelter that only re­ceives min­i­mal fund­ing from its mu­nic­i­pal part­ners in Amherst and the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Cum­ber­land.

“We sold out last year and we’ve had peo­ple tell us they wait for the cal­en­dar to come out ev­ery year so they can buy one as their cal­en­dar for their home or busi­ness,” Mc­Cormick said. “Peo­ple wait for the shelter cal­en­dar just to see what we’ve done this time.”

Cormier said there’s a wait­ing list of peo­ple want­ing their fe­line or ca­nine friends fea­tured in the cal­en­dar. Some­times when peo­ple adopt an an­i­mal one of the first ques­tions asked is “can we get him in the cal­en­dar next year?”

There are 300 cal­en­dars for sale and they’re avail­able at Maritime Mo­saic, Sim­ply for Life, the Amherst Ve­teri­nary Hos­pi­tal, WAG Ca­nine Cen­tre, Park Your Paws and the shelter.

The cal­en­dars are $20 each.

DAR­RELL COLE – AMHERST NEWS

Mea­gan Cormier of Gallery 8 takes mul­ti­ple pho­tos of Mor­ti­cia at the L.A. An­i­mal Shelter. Some of Cormier’s pho­tos are be­ing fea­tured in the shelter’s fourth fundrais­ing cal­en­dar that’s for sale at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions around Amherst for $20 each

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