PRETTY PUSSYCAT: Snowball the cat strikes a pose for Ipswich photographer Samantha Wick's annual Animal Antics calendar event.
PRETTY PUSSYCAT: Snowball the cat strikes a pose for Ipswich photographer Samantha Wick's annual Animal Antics calendar event. Sam I Am Photography

Smile for the camera please ... that's just purr-fect

PETS big and small are lining up to say cheese for charity.

From cats, dogs and lizards to pigs, goats and alpacas, the annual Animal Antics pet portrait calendar is back this year to raise money for neglected animals.

Raceview photographer Samantha Wick, of Sam I Am Portrait Photography, has snapped more than 160 calendar pets in the past three years, raised $3500 and donated about 400kg of dog food to the RSPCA since she launched the campaign in 2010.

"As a volunteer photographer at the RSPCA I have seen firsthand the wonderful work carried out daily to give these animals their best chance at finding their forever homes," Ms Wick said.

Now she's looking for four-legged models for the 2014 calendar.

"Every pet has a unique personality and it's our aim to connect and bring that personality to life," Ms Wick said.

A 45-minute portrait session costs $30. "Our estimated donation of $2300 this year will feed one abandoned or neglected animal for seven weeks and enable an inspector to be dispatched to 15 urgent cruelty cases," she said.

Calendars will be available to buy in October for $30. To book your furry friend in for a portrait, phone 3288 0378 or email info.samiam@bigpond.com.



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