Vancouver Island Dog Calendar Seeks Submissions for Fundraising Initiative – Vancouver Island Free Daily


Do you think your dog is suitable for the calendar?

If the jury agrees, you can win some great prizes.

Operation Freedom Paws Canada, in collaboration with Pauliina Saarinen Photography, has announced the 2022 calendar competition with Vancouver Island Dogs and is looking for submissions.

For a fee of US $ 10, proud dog owners can have their furry family members compete to not only have Fido listed as “Dog of the Month,” but also to win great prizes.

There will be 13 grand prize winners (the Cover Dog and 12 Dogs of the Month) and six weekly mini-contest winners (plus additional local winners) determined by the number of votes received.

25 companies from Vancouver Island and beyond donated their products and services for prizes that are sure to drool Van Isle dogs and dog owners.

And the best thing about it: The money goes to a good cause. All proceeds from this competition will go to Operation Freedom Paws Canada, a non-profit organization based in Fanny Bay on Vancouver Island.

Operation Freedom Paws Canada is a registered Canadian charity that brings rescue or shelter dogs together with human partners and trains them to eventually certify them as a service dog team. The proceeds from this competition will help OFP Canada achieve its goal of buying property and building a permanent education facility. Visit to learn more about the Service Dog Program.

Saarinen moved to Comox Valley a few years ago and by chance came into contact with Operation Freedom Paws Canada.

“I moved from Toronto two years ago, and about six months later, in downtown Courtenay, I ran into a bunch of service dogs … dogs and handlers walking down the street,” she said. “So I went up to them and said I wanted to help them. So I got a business card from the organization and started from there. “

Saarinen helped the organization with the photography for Operation Freedom Paws Canada’s website and they came up with the idea for this calendar contest together.

OFP Canada’s training program is a lifeline for people suffering from trauma or other disabilities, as the program enables clients to rejoin their community and lead lives of new hope. OFP Canada’s mission is reflected in its motto “Four paws, two feet, one team”.

Saarinen said her participation in this competition was a way to give back to the community.

“I want my wildlife photography business to do something good. Giving back to the community is one of my core values. “

Pauliina Saarinen Photography is a Comox Valley-based boutique pet photography service serving all of Vancouver Island. She specializes in eye-catching and meaningful wall art for people whose pets are a family.

“I am honored to work with OFP Canada. They take their service dog teams under their wing and offer everything they need to be successful. “

Saarinen will photograph all of the main prize winners for the calendar, which will be available in autumn.

You can find more information about the fundraising campaign or participating in the competition at

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