Update: Aug. , 2020 — Voting for the contest has come to a close. $14,146 was raised for the Helen WoodWard Animal Center.
If you’re interested in buying a calendar, please use this link to pre-order.
We already pre-ordered our calendar because we entered Meadow in it and, like all pets entered, she will appear in a montage square in the 2021 Calendar.
The Helen Woodward Animal Center calendar contest is open to all pet Superhero Sidekick contestants.
For 45 years, Helen Woodward Animal Center has been committed to the philosophy of people helping animals and animals helping people. The overall goal of the Center is not only to save the lives of as many orphan pets as possible, but to provide valuable community services that strengthen the animal-human bond through education and training.
For more information about the contest and/or to enter, visit: https://www.gogophotocontest.com/helenwoodwardanimalcenter
The contest ties in nicely with the Helen Woodward Animal Center’s PAWmicon, which was held virtually this year on July 7-8.
For the ninth year, Helen Woodward Animal Center celebrated the spectacular feats of superhero adopters with its Pop Culture-themed Dog Cosplay event entitled PAWmicon.
With the COVID-19 pandemic putting a halt on public events, PAWmicon decided to go virtual, making San Diego’s super-pet sensation available to guests across the globe.
Comic-Con-enthusiasts and animal-lovers were invited to partake in “Cosplay for a Cause” by logging onto PAWmicon – On-Line, in collaboration with the Comic-Con Museum, presented by Blue Buffalo and supported by Petco.
Purchase of a registration ticket included access to eight unique on-line panel discussions and interviews; access to the on-line PAWmicon artists’ alley and vendor village; on-line book readings for kids with Center critters; on-line networking opportunities with other pet and comic/PUP-culture loving attendees; access to augmented and web virtual reality experiences created by technology sponsor, Omniscape; access to the on-line PAWmicon pop-up shop; and the ability to register for on-line trivia rounds for an additional $10.
Specialty panels included:
Pets on Set – moderated by Hallmark Channel’s Pet Expert Larissa Wohl with special guests Joe Camp, the creator behind the canine superstar Benji, animal trainer for TV and films, Bill Berloni, American Rescue Dog Show Executive Producer Michael Levitt and Kitten Bowl Executive Producer Kathy Sutula;
Authors and Animals – moderated by Betsy Bird of the School Library Journal and featuring Barbara O’Connor author of award-winning novels for children including New York Times Best Seller Wish, Nick Bruel author and illustrator of the phenomenally successful Bad Kitty series, Ursula Murray Husted Author & Illustrator of A Cat Story, and Greg Neri, a Coretta Scott King honor winner, and author of Ghetto Cowboy.
Animals in Comics – moderated by Bill Morrison, former Editor of Mad Magazine, and featuring the beloved creator and author of the Luann comic strip Greg and Karen Evans, Patrick McDonnell, the creator of the animal friendly comic strip, MUTTS, and Bizarro cartoonist Wayno;
Pets on Social Media – featuring Tuna of the Instagram account, @TunaMeltsMyHeart, and his forever mom Courtney Dasher, @SunglassCat and forever mom Karen McGill, @Nala_Cat and her guardian Pookie, and @LittleBoogieShoes with forever mom Alicia Bailey;
Animals in Comics, Graphic Novels and Games – featuring Chris Ryall of San Diego-based Comic Book Publisher IDW, Keith Armen, CEO and President of PCB productions, and Robert Rice of Omniscape.
PAWmicon registration also included entry into the on-line PAWSplay Photo Contest, separated into four fun categories including Superheroes, Super Villains, Pop Culture Pups, and Dynamic Duos – for those who wanted to dress up alongside their fuzzy family member or have multiple dogs in costume.
At its core, this unique event had one life-saving mission: To inspire individuals to perform a superhero action of their own and adopt an orphan pet. Upon adoption, these furry sidekicks will quickly reveal their own superhero abilities to save us right back.
About Helen Woodward Animal Center:
Helen Woodward Animal Center is a private, non-profit organization where “people help animals and animals help people.” Founded in 1972 in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., the Center provides services for more than 90,000 people and more than 10,000 animals annually through adoptions, educational and therapeutic programs both onsite and throughout the community. Helen Woodward Animal Center is also the creator of the International Home 4 the Holidays pet adoption drive, the International Remember Me Thursday® campaign and The Business of Saving Lives Workshops, teaching the business of saving lives to animal welfare leaders from around the world. For more information, go to: www.animalcenter.org.