Posted: October 15, 2010, 11:30 p.m. EDT
With 2011 just around the corner, the need for new calendars is upon us. Several small animal pet groups hope that people will choose their latest fundraising calendars to grace their homes or businesses, or to give as gifts. From rabbits to ferrets to rats to mice, the choices are many — and all are cute.
© Courtesy of BunSpace.com
Almost 900 photos were submitted for this year's BunSpace Rabbits 2011 calendar.
BunSpace.com Rabbits 2011
The Bunspace 2011 wall calendar is the second calendar created by BunSpace. Uwe is one of the BunSpace site founders, and he said that the increased popularity of BunSpace this past year helped this year’s calendar. “Our members submitted almost 900 photos for this year's calendar,” he said. “That is roughly twice the number of photos our members had to vote into the last calendar.” All photos that appear in the BunSpace 2011 calendar are of members’ rabbits.
“Where last year's greatest challenge was the quality and size of the photos submitted,” Uwe said, “this year's challenge was of a technical nature, which forced us to find a new printing company.” He said that the layout of this year’s calendar is similar to last year’s.
The calendar raises funds two ways. Those who submit photos must make a donation toward the Emergency Rescue Grant Program of the House Rabbit Society, and then there are the funds raised by selling the calendar. “Thanks to the larger number of photos submitted,” Uwe said, “we were able to almost double the total donation amount.”
The BunSpace 2011 calendar features 90 photos, five more than last year. “I'm sad that a year has only 12 months,” Uwe said, “because we received so many adorable photos that every one of them would have been worthy to be in the calendar. We are however particularly proud that the 2011 calendar not only features photos from rabbits in over 10 countries, but will also decorate walls and cubicles from Australia to Europe.”
Although sales of the 2010 calendar went well, it wasn’t a sellout. That left BunSpace with the question of what to do about the extra calendars. “We donated the remaining stock of last year's calendar to local disabled programs who, as we learned, are always happy to take calendars for art/craft or scrapbook activities.” Uwe said. The calendars just keep giving.
© Courtesy of LegalizeFerrets.org
The 2011 LegalizeFerrets.org calendar not only has great photos, it offers 12 tips for ferret owners.
To raise money to help legalize ferret ownership in California, one of LegalizeFerrets.org’s projects is a fundraising wall calendar. It created the first one in 2010.
“For 2011 we hired a professional photographer, and we had a photo party,” said Pat W., founder of the group. “The party is the most fun, because we absolutely have to have our ferrets together. Not a lot of opportunity to do so in California.”
Photography for this year’s calendar was done by Jared Schoenemann, a professional photographer who usually works with merchandise. “Ferrets were a challenge,” Pat said. He noted that this year’s photo style also differed from last year. “Props were at a minimum for 2011,” he said. “Some people thought the props overshadowed the ferrets in the 2010 calendar, and some people think the 2011 calendar is a little barren.”
And there’s another difference from last year. “We are especially proud that we included 12 tips for ferret owners,” Pat said. “So besides being cute, we hope it is helpful.”
The available quantity of the LegalizeFerrets.org 2011 calendar is limited compared to last year. The organization printed only 1,000, so those who want one should be quick about getting it. Despite the tough economy, Pat is hoping to net a profit this year similar to last year, with funds helping some of the groups projects, such as a survey of political candidates, a pre-Environmental Impact Report and a professional video telling the story of California ferret owners.