Save offers opportunity for pet stardom on calendar

   If you’re tired of looking at generic pet calendars and thinking, "My pet is cuter," here’s your chance to do something about it.
   SAVE, Princeton’s no-kill animal shelter, is reserving space in its "SAVE The Date" 2003 desk planner, a 14-month calendar featuring two-color photos of pets. Pet lovers who pay to sponsor a page will see their pet featured in the calendar, and have the added satisfaction of knowing they’ve helped a good cause. The deadline for participation is Thursday, May 23.
   The SAVE calendar will feature an at-a-glance page for each month, plus a page for each week. In all, there are 122 opportunities to purchase space for a pet photo. Sponsorship levels range from $50 for business card listings on the business page, to $450 for corporate sponsorships with full-color photo, sponsor and pet identification, and quote about the pet.
   Two special sponsorship opportunities, both with high visibility, are the back cover and the inside of the front cover. These cost $2,500 each. The only page not for sale is the cover of the "SAVE The Date 2003" desk planner, which will feature a dog and cat in residence at SAVE.
   Sara Nicolls, SAVE executive director, said that "since we’re not limiting this fund-raiser to the Princeton area, we are asking pet lovers everywhere to consider helping in this worthwhile cause. Call your relatives, call your neighbors who’ve moved away, help us get out the word!"
   It’s possible to support this fund-raising effort in other ways, as well. The calendars will be available in the fall — just in time for holiday gift giving — and will be sold at SAVE and local stores for $25 each.
   To learn more about the 14-month "SAVE the Date" 2003 desk planner (December 2002-January 2004), contact Ms. Nicolls at (609) 921-0016.
   SAVE has a long history of successful matchmaking for pets and adopters. Since the 1940s, when it was co-founded by Emily Myrick and Dr. Cornelia Jaynes, SAVE has been serving the animals and residents of the greater Princeton area. The nonprofit animal shelter opened its Herrontown Road facility in 1971. Since then it has provided much more than food and shelter to its animals.
   In addition to sheltering homeless animals and helping them find adoptive families, SAVE spays, neuters, vaccinates and provides necessary health care to each one of its animals. SAVE animals are given a safe and healing place to recover from any physical abuse and neglect they may have suffered prior to their arrival at the shelter. Humane education is provided to area youngsters through programs at the shelter and outreach in local schools.
   Since its inception, SAVE has fed, housed and medicated thousands of homeless animals in Mercer County, serving a geographic area of 65 square miles and four townships, including Princeton Township and Borough, Plainsboro and West Windsor. SAVE has implemented a pediatric spay/neuter initiative and championed welfare and protection issues on behalf of all homeless animals in New Jersey.
   For additional information about SAVE, or to learn more about SAVE’s expansion project, contact Ms. Nicolls, (609) 921-0016.