Paw & Order: Shelter Pets Featured In Cops & Kittens And Pits & Police Calendars

Photo credit: Lynn Terry

The last thing you need is another thing on your plate, especially around the holidays — but we’d hate for you to forget that it’s time to order your 2017 calendar.

One we really love — because of the great photos, and because its sale benefits shelter pets — is photographer Lynn Terry’s two 2017 calendars: Pits and Police and Cops and Kittens.

Photo credit: Lynn Terry
Photo credit: Lynn Terry

The St. Louis-based photographer got famous a couple of years ago for her  stereotype-busting pictures of bulls in a photo boothlater turned into a book.

Photo credit: Lynn Terry
Photo credit: Lynn Terry

For the 2017 calendars, Terry decided to get some animals from the St. Louis County Pet Adoption Center a little extra attention by posing them with real-life officers and professional staff from the St. Louis County Police Department.

Photo credit: Lynn Terry
Photo credit: Lynn Terry

“Sadly, most people think of the facility as the county pound and the animals here often get overlooked,” Terry told Shelter Me.

Rhett Nicks from the St. Louis Count Pet Adoption Center worked with Terry to come up with the idea for these calendars — which, Nicks said in a statement, he hopes will reshape the images of the animals and the police officers.

“I wanted people to take a minute and to look at some goofy photos of two things that are often maligned as a whole because of the actions of a few,” he said. “And kittens, always kittens, because they are kittens. 

Photo credit: Lynn Terry
Photo credit: Lynn Terry

The calendars are $20 apiece, with proceeds split between the Saint Louis County Animal Welfare Association and the Saint Louis County Pet Adoption Center.

Photo credit: Lynn Terry
Photo credit: Lynn Terry

We know you have a lot of choices, when it comes to your 2017 animal charity calendars. And sure, you could get one or two of those animal charity calendars featuring shirtless hunks holding cute rescue pets. (Meow!)

Photo credit: Mike Ruiz
Photo credit: Mike Ruiz

Or maybe two of them, since it’s really, really hard to choose.

Photo credit: Charleston Firefighter Calendar
Photo credit: Charleston Firefighter Calendar

Here’s our suggestion: it’s the holidays. Get them all. Your home has more than one room, right? And you — and the animals — deserve a beautiful 2017.

Photo credit: Lynn Terry
Photo credit: Lynn Terry

Here’s where to buy the 2017 Pits and Police calendar, and here’s the link for Cops and Kittens.

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Arin Greenwood

Arin Greenwood is an animal writer based in St. Petersburg, Florida. Previously, she was animal welfare editor at The Huffington Post. Arin is a former lawyer (J.D. from Columbia Law School, member of the New York Bar), life long animal lover, pit bull advocate, and devoted fan of cats and dogs who run for public office. Her first novel, Tropical Depression -- based on her five-odd, sometimes very odd, years living on a small island near Guam -- was published by teeny indie publisher Back Porch Books in 2011. Her second book, a comic young adult mystery called Save The Enemy, was published by Soho Teen in November 2013. Hello From Dog Island!, Arin's third book, will be published by Soho Teen in 2018. Know a shelter with a great, innovative program? Have another animal story to share? Get in touch at aringreenwood@gmail.com!