Thousands of animals are rescued by the ISPCA annually, many in a horrific state of health and neglect having been abandoned or abused. The ISPCA nurture and care for the animals ahead of being rehabilitated and hopefully rehomed. For the first time some of those animals have been captured on film by leading Irish photographer Barry McCall in aid of the ISPCA.
Barry and his team donated their time and passion to the cause, taking the 2013 ISPCA calendar from concept to fruition. His love of animals can be seen in the engaging images he has made. "I really enjoyed my days down at the animal centre, meeting the various animals and having the opportunity to photograph them. I'm looking forward to seeing the calendars on the shelves and hoping they will help to raise plenty of funds towards the great work that the ISPCA is doing."
Featured in the calendar are some of the animals who faced enormous adversity and through veterinary treatment, rehabilitation and care are now back to full health and are either rehomed or continue in the care of the ISPCA.
Whether Blue the dog, rabbit Maggie May or Dot the beautiful Connemara pony all ISPCA animals seemed to enjoy the limelight showing their best side for Barry to capture as perfectly as he has.“We are very grateful to Barry for his time, expertise and care taken during the photography sessions. It is not easy working with animals let alone animals that have suffered such abuse or neglect and are as a result understandably wary of people they don’t know. Barry’s love for animals was evident. He took time with the animals and expertly captured the beautiful images you can now share in our 2013 calendar” said Noel Griffin, CEO of the ISPCA.
Fund raising is difficult regardless of the economic situation and it is especially the case during the current financial instability. Projects like this one are vitally important for the ISPCA to continue to rescue the vast number of animals that are dumped, hurt and suffer needlessly at the hands of such cruelty.
The rescue of animals in poor condition is just the first step in a long and expensive road to recovery with responsible rehoming the ultimate objective. The purchase of this most beautiful calendar will raise much need funds all of which will go towards the rescue, rehabilitation and responsible rehoming of neglected animals.