“This is the first time we’ve ever done [our calendar] online,” EVHS Director Bryan Canty said. “This eliminates a lot of the human processing as well because everything is automatically tabulated.
“It’s a great way for people to show off their pets that they’re proud of and also a … way of being able to generate some much needed funds here at the shelter.”
Until midnight Feb. 21, people can enter photographs of their four-legged friends and/or cast a $1 vote for their favorite submission. Along with being accessed directly at www.gogophotocontest.com/evhs, a link to the contest is featured on EVHS’ Facebook page.
The top 13 vote-getters will be featured in the 2015 EVHS Calendar, with the winner highlighted on the cover. All 13 animals will receive a photo session with professional photographer Pam Doughty.
The winning entries will be posted on EVHS’ Facebook page and announced at the nonprofit’s Casino Night benefit Feb. 22 from 8 p.m. to midnight at America’s Auto Auction, 444 Joe Frank Harris Parkway in Cartersville.
Opened in 2006, EVHS’ 4,928-square-foot shelter located at 36 Ladds Mountain Road in Cartersville costs about $240,000 per year to manage. The facility consists of two staff offices, a quarantine room, two visitation rooms, 14 temperature-controlled kennel runs, a cat room with 24 cages, a puppy room with 22 cages and seven outdoor kennel runs.
The EVHS’ ability to save 2,407 animals in 2013 helped drop the euthanasia rate in Bartow County to below 50 percent, compared to previous years when it approached 90 percent. According to EVHS data, last year Bartow County Animal Control took in 5,989 animals and euthanized 2,828 for a 47 percent euthanasia rate.
“[The contest’s proceeds] will just go toward operating expenses for the day-to-day things that we need in order to keep the animals healthy and to keep the shelter open — things like medicine, food and, of course, the [staff’s] salaries as well,” Canty said.
“We actually do receive a stipend from Bartow County [government] now. It began last August. We went to them and showed them the statistics in terms of what we were saving per month — lives saved per month, [which] translated to lower euthanasia costs for the county. So Commissioner Steve Taylor and County Administrator Peter Olson were so generous to offer us a stipend to offset the cost. … [However], about half of our funding has to come from outside donations, meaning private donors and occasional fundraisers.”
For more information about EVHS, visit www.etowahvalleyhumane.org or call 770-383-3338.