If your cat is a pin-up pet, it could end up as a calendar star
CAT owners are being invited to send in photographs of their pets for a charity's fund-raising calendar.
Cats Protection volunteer Rachael Gooding came up with the idea to raise money to help Derby Adoption Centre.
The centre, at Long Lane, Dalbury Lees, wants pet owners in the county to send in their pictures of their pets. It will then pick its favourite 12 pictures for the calendar.
Rachael, who is a committee member of the Friends of Derby Adoption Centre, said: "There are two official Cats Protection calendars – a cat and a kitten one – but the money goes to head office and gets dished out to all the centre across the country.
"That's great, but we wanted to raise some money that would stay here at the Derby Adoption Centre so we can get supplies that we need that head office don't necessarily think of, things like a washing machine."
The Derby Adoption Centre has enough space to house 200 cats looking for new homes and Rachael said it was always full.
She said: "We are always inundated with cats and kittens and are desperately trying to find homes for them all. It takes a lot to run the centre so we want to get some funds in to help keep us going.
"But the calendar is a fun way to do it and people will be able to see their pets in print if their pictures are picked by the judges."
Rachael is asking for a £1 donation for each picture that is submitted for entry – they must be a printed photograph.
The photographs must only have cats in them – no humans are allowed.
If a photo is picked to be part of the calendar, it must then be supplied digitally, at a minimum of 300 dpi.
Rachael, who has been volunteering at the centre for the last three years, got her three cats from the charity.
She said: "I got two in 2009 when I first started at the centre – I only went for one but I couldn't walk away.
"Then, not too long ago, we got a six-week-old kitten in and I fell in love. I saw her flourish and I wanted to give her a home."
To enter the Cats Protection calendar competition, send an e-mail requesting an application form to email@example.com.
The closing date for entry is April 15.