- Associated Press - Monday, January 9, 2017

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - Twelve local guys have teamed up with man’s best friend for Hub City Humane Society’s “Hunks for Hounds” 2017 calendar.

The calendar, which features a different model posing with a chosen dog for each month, is available for $15. All proceeds from the sale of the calendar, which can be purchased at the shelter or at www.hchshunksforhounds.com, will directly benefit Hub City Humane Society.

“It was something that we had kind of been tossing around for a while, and we finally got our board to approve it,” said Sarah Douglas, office manager at Hub City Humane Society. “It’s mostly a fundraiser, and everybody likes good-looking guys and puppies.”

The calendar began to take shape when Douglas and other shelter employees came up with a Facebook post asking men to submit pictures and a biography for a photo shoot. The staff then picked the top 12 to use, and kennel supervisor/amateur photographer Zach Holley was enlisted to help with the photography before the calendar was printed by Standard Office Supply.

“A lot of (the models) are guys who live here that own local businesses, and there’s a couple gym owners in it,” Douglas said. “So we had a whole lot of fun doing it. We’re really excited about it, and we think it turned out really well for our first calendar.”

Most of the dogs in the calendar are shelter dogs, although there are a few exceptions.

“(One of the guys) had requested a Chihuahua, and we didn’t have one, so we used one of mine,” Douglas said. “And then there were a couple of guys that used their own dogs, but they were all rescues.”

Holley said he was glad to participate in the project and enjoyed helping the shelter and interacting with community members.

“It’s helping out our shelter, trying to get a new building built and everything,” he said. “And it let us get the community involved as well, and get the pets in there as well. So it was a fun project for us to do with the guys, and they enjoyed it very much, too.”

So far, Douglas has noticed a fairly big demand for the calendar.

“We only ordered 100 to start with, and we sold out of them in about a month, and we had to order some more,” she said.

To learn more

Hub City Humane Society’s “Hunks for Hounds” 2017 calendar is available. The calendar costs $15 and can be purchased at the shelter and online at www.hchshunksforhounds.com.

Hub City Humane Society is located at 95 Jackson Road in Hattiesburg. For more information, call (601) 596-2206 or visit www.hubcityhumanesociety.org.

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Information from: The Hattiesburg American, https://www.hattiesburgamerican.com

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