Apparently, we’ve been missing out on 27 years of The Australian Firefighters Calendar. But no more – because the 2020 calendar is getting attention for not only have burly, lifesaving gentlemen in it – sans shirts, of course – but adorable dogs too!
In case you need to explain why you have a calendar of burly firefighters holding puppies on your wall, you’ll be glad to know that since it began in 1993, the calendar has helped raise over $3 million for various charities as well as research into childhood burns.
There are actually 6 different calendars for 2020, but the dog calendar definitely makes us feel the most charitable.
While the calendars predominantly feature Australian firefighters, the 2020 Dog Calendar also features men from France and Germany. Starting next year, the casting call with be even more international.
The men featured come from Australia’s Urban, Rural, and Armed Forces, and aviation and fighting services, while the dogs are all rescues.
Safe Haven Animal Rescue, ABC Rescue, and Precious Paws all let their most adorable pups take part in the photoshoot.
This year’s (dog) cover star is George and the calendar includes other adorably named pups including “two Groodle brothers, beautiful British Bulldogs, Frenchies, Alsatians, a Samoyed and a Labradoodle named Lenny just to name a few,” according to the website.
From here on out, the Aussie firefighter calendars will focus on smaller charities that they feel don’t get enough attention.
“We felt that it was important to help some of the smaller charities that the public never hears about,” says David Rogers, Director of the Australian Firefighters Calendar according to I Heart Dogs. “These grassroots organizations work tirelessly in their local community making a huge difference in people’s [and animals’] lives.”
If you want to help the cause, you can stock up on calendars for friends and family as well – there’s a cat, wildlife, horse, farm animal, and “regular” calendar (which doesn’t feature any animals) as well.
Alternately, you can just find 6 different rooms in your house to put do calendars in.
We’re not judging. After all, it’s for charity!
And the recipients are worthy ones – such as Pets of the Homeless, which provides food and care for pets that can no longer be looked after by their owners.
Healing Hooves provides equine therapy to children with autism, veterans with PTSD, and seniors with dementia.
BackTrack Youth Works aims to hook up troubled youth with Australian Cattle Dogs in order to teach respect and responsibility.
And The Currumbin Wildlife Hospital treats over 11,000 animals each year and is currently looking to fund research into the koala population and the diseases affecting them. And those are just a few of the recipients!
The animal-less calendar (which is solely shirtless firefighters) will be raising money for Down Syndrome South Australia as well as Rural Aid, which helps Australian farmers affected by droughts.
A good purchase for good causes!
Be sure to scroll down below to see live footage from the photoshoot. It does not disappoint.
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