The Washington Capitals announced on Friday that their annual dog calendar raised over six figures for Homeward Trails, a nonprofit that provides pet adoption in the DC area.
This year’s calendar featured the players posing with dogs in front of their own cars. Some players, like TJ Oshie, posed with his family’s dogs while other cheesed with pups that were up for adoption. View our photos of the photoshoot here.
“We are overwhelmed by the tremendous support by Caps fans towards the dog calendar,” Paige Dowd, the creative director of this year’s calendar, said. “We can’t thank you enough for purchasing your calendar and helping us support such a great rescue, Homeward Trails. It was such fun to put together, and we can’t wait to start planning next year’s calendar.”
“Once again Homeward Trails is beyond grateful to the Caps, the Caps’ wives and the Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation for giving us the opportunity through this calendar to save hundreds of lives,” Sue Bell, Homeward Trails founder and executive director, said in a release. “This calendar continues to be our biggest sole source of funding and has saved thousands of lives since we were lucky enough to be the chosen recipient. Our lifesaving grows each year with this support, and we thank the wonderful fans for continuing to buy the calendars each season.”
ARLINGTON, Va. – Capitals fans helped raise $108,588.31 for Homeward Trails through 2020 Capitals Canine Calendar sales.
The calendar featured photos of Nicklas Backstrom, Lars Eller, Radko Gudas, Carl Hagelin, Nick Jensen, Michal Kempny, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Brendan Leipsic, Tyler Lewington, Dmitry Orlov, Richard Panik, Ilya Samsonov, Jonas Siegenthaler, Jakub Vrana and Tom Wilson with dogs available for adoption through Homeward Trails; John Carlson, Nic Dowd, Garnet Hathaway, Nick Jensen, T.J. Oshie and Alex Ovechkin with their dogs; and Braden Holtby with Captain.
Photography services were donated by Virgil Ocampo Photography. Paige Dowd served as creative director.
Homeward Trails is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that provides pet adoption in Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Maryland. Homeward Trails seeks to find permanent adoptive homes in the Mid-Atlantic region for dogs and cats from high-kill shelters or whose owners can no longer care for them. They seek to reduce the rate of euthanasia of adoptable animals through the rescue and placement of homeless animals; to support proactive spay/neuter practices; to promote positive and ongoing behavioral training; and to educate the public about how to care for their animals in a humane way. Homeward Trails not only facilitates adoptions from local shelters, but also supports a large network of foster care providers who take homeless dogs and cats into their homes, care for them, rehabilitate them when needed, and prepare them for their permanent adoptive homes. For more information on Homeward Trails, visit http://www.homewardtrails.org/.
The Capitals have raised nearly $540,000 for Homeward Trails through sales of the Canine Calendar since 2014.
Headline photo: Cara Bahniuk
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