There are all kinds of ways you can help an animal shelter: walk dogs, bottle feed kittens, clean cages, whip off your shirt while cuddling puppies.
The Norfolk SPCA, a nonprofit no-kill shelter in Virginia, is recruiting some fetching models to fill that latter role, for its first-ever charity calendar — a project called Magic Mutts.
“We are looking for a few good men to pose with our adoptable animals,” says Jill Arnone, the shelter’s director of development.
Magic Mutts is modeled on some other rather appealing animal shelter charity calendars.
You may remember, for example, that time the Charleston Animal Society posed celebrity Pit Bull Caitlyn with some half-nude firefighters — they set hearts and loins on fire, while also raising a whole lot of money for a fund that pays for medical care for the city’s homeless pets.
The aim here, too, is to appeal to our lustier sides for the sake of helping fund the Norfolk SPCA‘s low-cost veterinary clinic, and caring for its adoptable animals.
About 25 people have reached out so far to participate — though some have failed to fill in the application, but have just sent in their photos. (Online daters, go ahead and sigh loudly in recognition.)
So perhaps you’d like to be a part of this worthy endeavor? You’ve got to love animals, be at least 21 years old, and comfortable being ogled. And, you should live in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia (or be willing to travel there a bunch of times for shoots and parties).
If that’s you — fingers crossed! — instructions can be found here on how to submit your (tasteful!) audition photos and submission form.
Arnone and her colleagues then face the extremely difficult, time-intensive task of examining each submission in deep detail and, through an arduous process, winnowing down the choices to a mere 14 inaugural Magic Mutts — one for each month, plus two cover models.
“Holy moly,” Arnone says. “My job is tough.”
H/T Pilot Online
Featured image via Norfolk SPCA