FOS needs photo entries

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Get those cameras ready, polish those smiles and say cheese (or tuna or kibble). Friends of the Shelter is accepting photo entries for the 2013 Shelter Alumni Calendar through Sept. 8. They need your help because without the communityís photos and stories, there can be no FOS calendar.
Pet owners who have adopted an animal from any shelter or any abandoned or homeless animal are invited to send a photo and a brief story about their pet.  Being a Los Alamos resident is not a requirement nor does the animal have to be a Los Alamos rescue.  Owners whose pets were featured in last year’s calendar are welcome to submit new photos of their pets for this year’s calendar.
Entry forms are available at Ridgeview Veterinary Hospital, Animal Clinic of Los Alamos, Pet Pangaea and the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter.  Entries are also available on line at lafos.org/ and the process can be done completely electronically.  
The entry form includes entry information as well as tips on getting great photos of your pet.
Friends of the Shelter, a humane organization based in Los Alamos is trying to improve the quality of life for unwanted pets and find homes for homeless animals. They work closely with the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter, local veterinarians and with other humane societies. The program has four major components:
• A shelter program where volunteers visit the shelter every day of the week to exercise, groom and socialize the animals to make them more adoptable;
• An active adoption program where we place animals in good homes;
• A program where they pay for medical expenses or spay/neuter operations for homeless animals; and
• An education program to promote responsible pet ownership, including the benefits and importance of spaying/neutering pets.
Friends of the Shelter sponsors two programs to help pet owners and reduce the number of unwanted pets. The Catastrophic Illness/Injury program provides funds for veterinary treatment of severely ill or injured pets whose owners cannot afford extensive treatment. The second program provides vouchers for free spay/neutering of pets, in order to encourage pet owners to make sure that their pets are surgically altered and cannot produce litters of unwanted cats or dogs.  
 The calendars will go on sale in November at local businesses and all proceeds will go directly to help the animals through Friends of the Shelter programs.