If you happen to be at the counter of your local vet or pet supply store in December, there’s a good chance you’ll see a calendar with a furry-faced friend looking back at you from the cover.

You may want to consider purchasing a copy. You’ll not only be getting a great calendar with colourful illustrations of adorable pets; you’ll also be helping out some animals in need right here in Toronto.

The calendar is the creation of me, Heather Hugginson, a pet portrait illustrator. Proceeds from sales of my calendars go to Toronto Animal Services, a city-run shelter for lost or abandoned pets.