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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Pet Calendar Contest Starts Saturday

By Rick Frederick

The McKean County SPCA kicks off its annual pet calendar contest Saturday at the Bradford Area Public Library. Pet owners are invited to bring their animals to the library between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., where Dana DiBlasi will take photographs for the “voting” phase of the contest, which will begin in early June.

“This has been a popular event for us the last few years,” said Dick Gorton, President of the organization. “For a small fee of $5, pet owners can have a picture of their pet taken for the contest board, which circulates through the county in June and July. If you’ve seen the board in the last two years, many of the photos were taken by Dana.”

Gorton also reminds contest entrants that they may bring pictures of their pets to the library on Saturday or to the McKean County SPCA shelter any time until the end of May. “The entry fee is the same,” he noted, “but some animals may be a bit shy or may be a little too big to come to the library, so their owners can use their own snapshots for the contest.” Gorton added that, to fit on the contest board, the photos must be no larger than 4 x 6 inches.

Contest co-chair Jan Frederick notes that the competition is wide open to all kinds of pets. “In the past several years, we have had hamsters, two kinds of birds, rabbits, guinea pigs, and a bullfrog,” she said, “in addition to a variety of dogs and cats.”

Free punch and light refreshments will be provided by the contest committee and the library. Shelter animals available for adoption will also be on hand for a visit with animal-lovers.

All pets who come for the contest should be on leashes or in carriers.

“It promises to be a good time,” says Gorton, “so we hope a lot of people turn out. We’re looking forward to another terrific calendar contest.”

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