The Lycoming County SPCA announced the winners of the 2015 PAWtraits pet calendar contest on June 1 at the Lycoming County SPCA and ClearChannel Communication's pet expo at Indian Park in Montoursville.
Winners of the FUNraiser contest were:
First - Gus, owned by Danielle Leiby, of Williamsport.
Second - Lola, owned by Linda L. Sheats, JD and Mirra, of Jersey Shore.
Third - Sammii, owned by Dale and Barbara Martin, of Hughesville.
Fourth - Jasper, owned by Lisa Williams, of West Hazelton.
Fifth - Buddy, owned by Beth Masser and Blythe Spong, of Montoursville.
Sixth - Jasper Iron, owned by Sandi Iron, of Trout Run.
Seventh - Milo, owned by Kaela Sennett, of Williamsport.
Eighth - Tosha, owned by Brian and Brianna Heltman, of Williamsport.
Ninth - Lilly and Sunne, owned by Deb and Jim Schneider.
10th - Dishy, owned by Barb and Jerry Wertz, of Montoursville.
11th - Nukka, owned by Candie Manny, of Jersey Shore.
12th - Macie, owned by Mike and Debbie Lord, of Montoursville.
The contest featured photos submitted by local pet owners that were displayed at the Lycoming Mall, the SPCA's website and Facebook page from March 12 through May 12. The public placed monetary votes on the photos and the photos that raised the most money will be the 12 featured monthly photos of the upcoming SPCA 2015 PAWTraits pet calendar.
"We hesitate to call this a contest. Really, it is a celebration of our love for the animals in our lives, past and present, and a fundraiser for the shelter," Mindee Lyon, SPCA development director, said.
The SPCA also is introducing two new features to the calendar, which include a brief background about the animals and a children's poetry celebration, "For the Love of Animals."
"Folks really anticipate the printing of the calendar in the fall and are interested in knowing more about the animal of the month so we decided to include a brief bio about each animal," Lyon said.
The shelter also has plans to "pepper" the calendar with poetry written by school age kids collected at First Friday events, the SPCA website and Facebook page, as well as participating schools and the James V. Brown Library.
The program, "For the Love of Animals - Kids Poetry Celebration" is accepting poems through July 1. The entry form may be found at lycomingsp ca.org under "events" and on the SPCA Facebook event page at "For the Love of Animals - Kids Poetry Celebration" and the James V. Brown Children's Library.
The calendars will be available in October at the SPCA, Gustonian Gifts, Freshlife, James V. Brown Library, SPCA Holiday Kiosk and select veterinarians. Proceeds from votes, entry fees, corporate sponsorship and sales of the calendars support the mission of the Lycoming County SPCA, which is to protect all domestic animals by providing shelter, emergency treatment, investigation and prosecution of cruelty or abuse complaints; adoption and counseling; education programs; and humane care through Lycoming County.
The SPCA is still seeking advertising for the calendar from businesses and individuals.
For more information about the PAWtraits calendar contest, contact Lyon at 570-322-4646.