Take paws

We’re already in the second month of the new year – but it’s not too late to support Arlington Animal Services by buying its annual calendar.

Here are two of the “stars” of the 2020 pet calendar, sales of which support Arlington Animal Services: Lola Mae and Sugar Annie at Six Flags Over Texas. (Photo: City of Arlington)

Each year, the calendar takes on a different theme. The 2020 “Adopted Pets Around Arlington” calendar features cats and dogs that have been adopted from the shelter, photographed on location at some of the city’s more popular destinations, including AT&T Stadium, Theatre Arlington, J. Gilligan’s Bar and Grill and the George W. Hawkes Downtown Library.

The 2020 calendar’s cover was designed by Nick Ward, a graphic design student at AISD’s Dan Dipert Career and Technical Center (which is also highlighted in the calendar).

“We started calendars during the year 2008 as a fundraiser,” says Chris Huff, Arlington Animal Services manager. “We partner with local organizations, community partners and Arlington citizens to raise money.”

Huff says the money was initially used to expand educational programs for the community and the Animal Services staff. But now, educational opportunities for their volunteers is a goal of the fundraiser, as well.

The calendar runs from January 2020 through February 2021.

You can pick one up at the following locations for a $5 (tax deductible) donation:

  • Arlington Animal Services Center (1000 S.E. Green Oaks Blvd.)
  • Arlington Water South Service Center (1100 S.W. Green Oaks Blvd.)
  • Arlington North Water Office (101 W. Abram St.)
  • J. Gilligan’s Bar & Grill (400 E. Abram St.)
  • Richter Animal Hospital & Health Resort (4601 W. Sublett Road)

You can also buy the calendar online at the City’s webstore: arlingtonwebstore.com/arlingtonanimalservicescalendar2020.aspx.

It’s a small investment for animal lovers, even sports fans and foodies, and as Huff explains, the calendar serves a bigger purpose when it comes to local pet adoption.

“Calendars are available at other city departments,” Huff says. “They include quotes from the student winners of our annual essay contest. Calendars are available at shelter events, and many adopters are interested in donating for a calendar when adopting a new pet.”


Toni Randle-Cook

Toni Randle-Cook is a contributing writer for AT Magazine.