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Small Animal Pet Organizations Unveil Their Fundraising Calendars For 2011

Organizations for pet ferrets, rabbits, rats and mice raise funds by creating calendars, and the 2011 calendars are now available.

By Marylou Zarbock
Posted: October 15, 2010, 11:30 p.m. EDT

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Bunny Buncy SPCR 2011 calendar
© Courtesy of Bunny Bunch S.P.C.R.
The rabbits in the 2011 Bunny Bunch S.P.C.R. calendar have all been rescued.

Bunny Bunch 2011
The Bunny Bunch S.P.C.R. has created a fundraising calendar for the past six years, and the Montclair, California organization has helped rabbits in need for more than two decades. Funds collected from the calendar go toward rescuing rabbits from high-kill shelters.

Caroline Charland, founder and president of the Bunny Bunch S.P.C.R., spearheaded the Bunny Bunch calendar’s creation. “I just thought it would be a good idea,” she said, “a way for the public to see happy endings, as all the rabbits in the calendar have been rescued.”

Charland said that for this calendar and past ones, they got photos by asking people who volunteer at the shelter to send in photos of rabbits they adopted from the Bunny Bunch, or the photos are of rescued rabbits in the shelter.

The calendar is created by volunteers. Charland said that the first few calendars were more expensive to produce, but a change in format reduced production expenses for later calendars.

A large rabbit photo is featured every month, along with a smaller photo on the calendar grid. The calendar sometimes includes a history of the featured rabbit or a tip about rabbit care. It also has two pages that talk about the Bunny Bunch and includes information on its annual expo and events.

“For next year’s calendar, we will be using the pictures of people’s rabbits from our holiday photo fundraisers,” Charland said. “People bring their rabbits to the Burrow for a photo shoot. We do this on Valentine’s Day, 4th of July, spring, autumn and Christmas. Everyone having their photos done will have a chance to enter their picture in our calendar for 2012. We will also be accepting photos from the public that they can e-mail to us.”

Ferrets of the FML Calendar 2011
© Courtesy of Support Our Shelters
This year was the 10th anniversary for the Ferrets of the FML calendar.

Ferrets Of The FML 2011
The Ferrets of the FML calendar is a fundraising calendar that benefits Support Our Shelters, a nonprofit organization that assists ferret shelters. It features photos of ferrets owned by members of the Ferret Mailing List (FML).

Sharon Bearden, an SOS member and designer for the calendar, shared the story behind one of the ferrets shown on the cover – Marci (the other two cover ferrets are Candy and Dusty). The day Marci was rescued, she weighed only 6 ounces. Shelley, her new “mom,” wasn’t sure if this emaciated little ferret would survive. But she did. “Marci has blossomed into a beautiful cover girl!” Bearden said.

In addition to the photos, the 2011 Ferrets of the FML calendar features a poem by Sandy Repper. Bearden said that Repper sent her the poem when one of Bearden’s ferrets passed away. “I was touched by the special words of the poem,” Bearden said, “and with Sandy's permission, I wanted to share it with others.”
The Ferrets of the FML calendar began in 2002, so the 2011 edition marks its 10th anniversary. And this year was different because it’s the first time people are in some of the photos. “The last page contains a photo tribute to shelter ferrets,” Bearden said. “There is a photo of Rudy [the ferret] of South Shore Ferret Care being held by the fireman who rescued him from a fire at his foster home. Also featured are a photo of Sawyer and Dr. Beth Ferris at Coastal Animal Hospital in Rockledge, Florida.”

Plans are already underway for the 2012 calendar. “Members of the Ferret Mailing List can submit their photos now to be considered for the 2012 calendar,” Bearden said. “I'm opening the contest early in order to have the calendar completed in time for the June 2011 Phoenix Ferret Symposium. SOS plans to be there with a table and items for sale to raise funds.”

People can join the FML by sending a subscription request. Information on photo submissions and ordering the calendar are on the SOS website.

American Fancy Rat And Mouse Association Mouse Calendar 2011
© Courtesy of American Fancy Rat And Mouse Association
Karen Robbins, president of the AFRMA, thinks the AFRMA Mouse Calendar turned out particularly nice this year.
American Fancy Rat And Mouse Association Rat Calendar 2011
© Courtesy of American Fancy Rat And Mouse Association
This year the AFRMA received more photos than ever before for its rat and mouse calendars.

The AFRMA Rat Calendar And The AFRMA Mouse Calendar
The American Fancy Rat And Mouse Association (AFRMA) has created a fundraising calendar since 1999. This year, as with last year, they were able to create two separate calendars — one of rats and one of mice. After creating the calendars for so many years, does it get any easier?

“Putting it together is the same each year,” said Karen Robbins, president of the AFRMA. “Everything is done from scratch with the exception of the program that sets up the date numbers in the boxes for each month, so we just eagerly wait to see what photos we will get submitted that will be featured in them.”

All photos are submitted by the public, and this year saw an upswing in submissions, with 2.5 times more entries than last year. In addition, “We got more submissions from other countries this time,” Robbins noted.

Each month features a large photo of a rat or mouse (depending on the calendar). The rat featured for September is owned by Breanna M. of Kansas. The rat is named Dagny, and she was used in one of Breanna’s college psychology classes. And Dagny is talented. “She won three gold medals in the Rat Olympics at my school,” Breanna said. Dagny also set two all-time school records, one for the long jump and one for the tightropes.

Dagny is currently being cared for by Breanna’s mother, because rats aren’t permitted in the college dorm. Breanna said her mother didn’t want to have anything to do with Dagny at first, but times change. “Mom really likes Dagny now and plays with her all the time,” Breanna said. “She said that Dagny has done more in her 10 months by being an Olympic Winner and Miss September than she has in her whole life."

Robbins said the biggest challenge this year was getting the calendars printed. ‘We do everything in-house and our printer ran out of all the toner and print units at the same time,” she said, “so we had to wait to get all the parts we needed before we could print them.”

Despite that, Robbins believes the mouse calendar turned out especially nice this year and the rat calendar has a great cover photo. The AFRMA website has details about ordering the rat and mouse calendars.

Funds raised by the calendar go back into operations of the club, shows, displays, etc.

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