Lend a paw; save a life – Animal welfare calendar launched

An animal welfare calendar themed ‘lend a paw; save a life’ has been launched for the year 2020, with the goal of raising funds for animal welfare.

The calendar is a collaborative effort between several groups, built on an idea by activist Mother and Daughter combination Tashiya and Yannina Captain. Proceeds from the project will go to charities and individuals supporting animal welfare initiatives such as animal welfarists Kate Lily and Shobha Wijekoon, author Marilyn Wouters, the Animals’ Welfare and Protection Association (AWPA) Sri Lanka, Tails of Freedom, Animal SOS and others.

The project is supported by Justice for Animals, Theewra, DentsuGrant and Barefoot, and a number of volunteers and supporters of animal welfare.

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated. We are endeavoring to be a part of that progress. This will be one of the many calendars to come,” said Yannina Captain.

Four kittens featured in the December page of the Animal Welfare Calendar (as shown below) were rescued from certain death on the streets by animal welfarist Kate Lily, according to Captain.

According to Tashiya Captain, the calendar was inspired by the Australian Firefighters Calendar which has raised over AUD$ 3 million for various animal welfare/wildlife charities since its launch in 1993.

Speaking to RepublicNext, Captain said that each page on the calendar features a male model clad only in a sarong and holding an animal in his arms. She said one of the objectives of this exercise was to highlight traditional Sri Lankan wear. She also defended the decision to use images of shirtless men in the calendar when asked about the reasoning behind the potentially problematic design choice.

“Usually male models are marginalised – 99% of the time, it’s always female models. That’s why we decided to do something different and unique which will have a broader appeal for youth in society,” said Captain.

The calendar has 12 pages + fly [front] page and is priced at Rs. 1,000 each. 

Calendars are available at:

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  1. Body Bar – Colombo 5
  2. AWPA – Shiona Weerasekera, Colombo 6
  3. Bhumi – 2nd floor, Colombo 3
  4. Salon Kess – Colombo 7
  5. Justice for Animals – Colombo 5
  6. Adopt a Dog in Sri Lanka – Kalubowila
  7. Ceylon Riding Club – Piliyandala
  8. Prana Lounge – Colombo 7
  9. Barefoot- Colombo 4 and Galle
  10. Selyn – Colombo 5
  11. Bark & Bling – Kalubowila 

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