Stylish calendars

Calendars with animals put forward by animal welfare organizations


To welcome 2021, animal welfare organizations are releasing calendars featuring photographs and illustrations of their furry superheroes

Nila is hard to miss for anyone visiting the Humane Animal Society in Coimbatore. She can be found lazing in the shade of a bougainvillea in the enclosure or playing with volunteers. “Nila was found in a city ditch six months ago. She was weak, dirty, and in great pain. But now she has recovered and is a happy soul, ”says Mini Vasudevan, co-founder. Nila is one of the animals featured in EveryLife 2021, the NGO’s annual fundraising calendar. “We have been coming out of the calendars since 2013. It helps us find the money to maintain the shelter,” she explains.

The tabletop calendar also features 19 other dogs and cats ready for adoption. “The number of abandoned animals increased by around 10% after confinement,” says Mini. All the photos were clicked by volunteers from the association. Five-year-old buddies Jimmy and Heckle are the stars of the month for November. Both are independent dogs around five years old. “Jimmy is slow to get close to the humans and Heckle is partially paralyzed. They both enjoy each other’s company so we decided to present them together,” she says. The back of each calendar page is a diary. “You can jot down your reminders or appointments in the space provided. The calendar is now in press. We believe these cheerful pictures of the animals will take the blues out of containment. It will be released in December,” she smiles.

Photograph by Tailshots

Photograph by Tailshots

A portrait with your pet

Another timeline is that of Chennai-based wildlife photographer Eshita Prasanna, who runs Tailshots. “My calendar features dogs, cats and birds that belong to the townspeople. It is difficult to choose from the photographs I have. I kept changing them until the last minute, ”she says. Eshita also makes personalized calendars for pet parents. “It’s always fun to photograph animals. Some are great posers. All you need is a little patience, ”she says.

BMAD calendar artwork

BMAD calendar artwork

In addition to photographs, animal illustrations are also a common feature in many calendars. The one at the Besant Memorial Animal Dispensary (BMAD) in Chennai features digital drawings of cows, horses and donkeys rescued from the city. “There are 25 works of art made by emerging artists in the city. There is a drawing on both sides of the page, ”explains Dr Josika Navukkarasu, veterinarian at BMAD.

Most of the animals presented have already been adopted. “We have four puppies for January. They are all victims of road accidents and have had amputations. All are now living with their loving families, ”she adds. Mambazham and Valapazham, also featured in the calendar, are two ponies that were found on the streets of Chennai eating mango and banana skins respectively. “Valapazham’s hoof was in bad shape and she was limping. It was cracked and infested with maggots. He took three months to recover and loves nothing more than being surrounded by people, ”explains Dr Josika Navukkarasu, veterinarian at BMAD.

CARE Calendar

CARE Calendar

Resident models

Permanent residents of animal shelters also find a place in the calendars of organizations. Charlie’s Animal Rescue Center (CARE) based in Bengaluru and The Blue Cross of India, based in Chennai, have internal residents as role models. “They’ve been through serious trauma so we like to keep them with us,” says Sudha Narayan, founding administrator of CARE. The calendar theme is Super Heroes and it features animal caricatures by artist Bindu Desetty.

Or buy?

  • The Charlie’s Animal Rescue Center schedule is priced at $ 300. Visit www.charlies-care.com to make a purchase
  • The Humane Animal Society fee is 250 excluding postage. Call 9366127215 or email [email protected] to order
  • The Besant Memorial Animal Dispensary will be available at the Dispensary for 500. Online orders can be placed through their Instagram account, @besantmemorialanimal dispensary
  • India Blue Cross will be available at No 72, Velachery Main Road, Guindy, Chennai or through their Instagram account, @blue_cross_rescues for ₹ 550. Call 8220460054 for details.
  • Tailshots table calendar is for 750 and hanging at 950. Call 9940070163 or visit https://www.instagram.com/tailshots_petphotography/ to order

“We started working last month. Animals are given superhero labels for the different qualities they possess. For example, we have Sniffles, a piglet who loves vanilla ice cream and abdominal rubs. She was attacked by street dogs and was injured when we rescued her. Roo, five and a half, is a happy dog ​​who loves to run despite his deformed leg. The proceeds from the sale are used for the maintenance of the refuge. In addition to the calendars, they also have Super Hero gift boxes with a calendar, coaster, notebook and socks with animal caricatures. “This will make a perfect gift for the next holiday season,” she says.

The Blue Cross India tabletop calendar with space to mark important dates also contains animal illustrations by Alamelu Annhamalai, who volunteers with the organization. “One of the animals is a two month old piglet called Vellayan. He was rescued with wounds all over his body after being attacked by animals and humans. Now he’s learning to trust people again. He is one of the most cuddly animals in the shelter and loves to snack on fruit and sip his healthy drink, ”explains Vivek Venkatraman, volunteer coordinator.

Vellayan featured in Blue Cross calendar

Vellayan featured in Blue Cross calendar

Besides Vellayan, there will also be cows, squirrels and dogs. Chutki is a three-month-old squirrel who was rescued after falling from a tree three days after he was born. “He was so small with translucent pink skin. We fed him with a syringe for a while until he had the energy to eat on his own. He’s very friendly to humans and loves to snack on nuts and fresh corn, ”he adds.