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Pet Calendar Submissions

The Why Behind the Annual Pet Calendar

Learn about why we support Foothills Animal Shelter and how you can help and be a part of our Pet Calendar.

Making a difference in the lives of our community and members who reside here with their furry friends is important to us. We believe that supporting Foothills Animal Shelter can have a direct impact on our community. When one of the pets at Foothills Animal Shelter finds a fur-ever home, we know that the act of bringing in an unconditional loving animal affects the human just as much as the animal! We like to ask…Who Rescued Who?

Our Annual Pet Calendar is a most certainly a collaborative effort with our members and community. We ask our vendors to donate advertising dollars that help offset the cost of printing the calendar. So when you see an ad in the calendar, know they are supporting this paws-itively good cause and allows more of the proceeds to go to the shelter.

The pet photos are an outstanding way to share the joy that comes from owning a pet and helping to raise money for a great resource within our community. We thank everyone who has been gracious enough to submit their photos of their beloved furry friends.

Supporting Foothills Animal Shelter and creating this calendar is a labor of love for us. We look forward to seeing all of your new pics! Just remember, this is only successful when you purchase a calendar from us when they go on sale in November.

The How - Pet Calendar Submissions

Wanted: Pet Models! Start snapping pics for the 2022 Annual Pet Calendar. Dogs and a cat shown.

We will be accepting photo submissions on August 9th from our members and community for our 9th Annual Dog and Cat Pet Calendar. All the proceeds benefit Foothills Animal Shelter. Submit your qualified photos from August 9th to September 13th.


  • A single dog or cat, or multiple dogs and cats. (No people in the photo please)
  • HORIZONTAL FORMAT ONLY- MUST BE LANDSCAPE NOT PORTRAIT​​​Incorrect vertical vs correct horizontal layout
  • High resolution images only please. 11in X 8.5in at 300 dpi or above or at least 3300 pixels wide by 2550 pixels high at 300 dpi.
  • Click here for a guide on how to send high resolution images from your phone.
  • Click here for a guide to find photo resolution on your PC or MAC.
  • Don’t let the background take over, have good composition (see below).
  • Submit a completed form for permission to use your photo to

Good Composition vs Poor Composition showing two dog pictures

How it is Processed 

Once we receive all the photos for consideration, the calendar committee selects the top photos and places them online for a community vote. The pet that garners the most votes wins the coveted front cover spot. The remaining monthly pet photos are then selected by choosing whichever pets received the highest number of votes.

We like to put as many of the other qualified photos in our “Honorable Mention” pages of the calendar; That way everyone may have an opportunity to brag to their friends and family! Please know, we try to include as many photos as possible, but photos that are submitted outside of the guidelines may not be used due to printing quality issues.

Good Luck & Remember to buy the calendars in the fall. They make great holiday gifts!

Here is a little information from The Foothills Animal Shelter website to understand why we do this every year.

About Foothills Animal Shelter

Foothills Animal Shelter LogoFoothills Animal Shelter is an open-admissions facility, which means we never turn away an animal. We care for more than 9,200 orphaned cats, kittens, dogs, puppies and critters every year with a compassionate team of staff and volunteers. (Unfortunately, we cannot accept wild animals; they should be taken to organizations that specialize in their care.) We are a true community resource and offer a variety of services including pet adoption, Jefferson County pet licensing, affordable spaying and neutering, vaccinations, micro chipping and lost and found pets. We are committed to our important mission and the life-saving work that we do every day of the year.

Years Past – Look how far we’ve come

So far, Credit Union of Denver members and our community have donated a total of $130,108.67 to Foothills Animal Shelter. Our hope is to continue this tradition for years to come. Below are some of the previous calendars’ cover pets!

Small white dog named Pyper standing on tree stump with tongue out

In 2021 Pyper was the featured cover pet.

Tan and white pitbull named Chapo standing in snow looking at camera

In 2020 Chapo was the featured cover pet.

White and brown dog named Chester laying in grass

In 2019 Chester was the featured cover pet.

Small brown dog named Clady in front of fence looking at camera

In 2018 Clady was the featured cover pet.

Porter a small hound dog jumping in snow with ears flopping in the air

In 2017 Porter was the featured cover pet.

German Shepherd named Enzo standing on large rocks with tongue out

In 2016 Enzo was the featured cover pet.

Close up of large black and brown dog in front of blue sky

In 2015 Berlin was the featured cover pet.

Large black and white dog named Ginger in the snow

In 2013 Ginger was the featured cover pet.

Annual Shred Event

We held our Annual Shred Event on April 17th, 2021. We had three shred trucks waiting to assist our members with their personal shred.

While this was a free event, we did collect donations on behalf of the Foothills Animal Shelter. Our members lined up around the neighborhood (a record breaking 649 cars), filled our three trucks, and generously donated $2,029 for the shelter! 

All the shredded paper will be turned into paper pulp and be upcycled into other useful items. Thank you to our Credit Union of Denver members and our employees who came out on this typical snow flurry, cool and sunny Colorado spring day! A job well done during Earth Month!

Credit Unions for Kids

Credit Unions for Kids (CU4Kids) is the brand under which America’s credit unions raise funds for their local children’s hospital. Over the past 23 years, credit unions have raised an incredible $185 million.

Credit unions raise funds by engaging their communities, members, and employees. This has allowed them to make an immense impact for millions of children every single year. 100% of the donations go directly to the children’s hospital in your community.

Yet, our fight to end childhood illness is not over. We still need you. Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals are treating over 10 million children a year, and on behalf of these kids and their families, we hope you’ll consider making a donation.

When you decide to donate, please use Credit Union of Denver’s fundraising page. Thank you to all who donated! Every little bit makes a difference.