Scottsdale photographer pitches in to help no-kill animal shelter

AAWL's photograph for the month of February. (Eric Cassée Photography)

AAWL’s photograph for the month of February. (Eric Cassée Photography)

Arizona’s largest no-kill animal shelter has released a 2016 calendar created with the help of a Scottsdale photographer and local model agency.

Each month of this 2016 calendar highlights the life-saving work of the  Arizona Animal Welfare League & Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (AAWL & SPCA). And many of the pictures have their own stories behind them.

The February photo, for example, features a Great Dane pup that was surrendered to the shelter for “aggressive behavior,” but that has been chosen to train as a service dog for a military veteran because of his great behavior during the photo shoot.

The model posing with the pup happens to be a veteran and Purple Heart recipient.

All proceeds from calendar sales will be used exclusively to provide care, food, shelter and medical treatments for homeless animals.

The calendar was made possible by the support of Eric Cassée Photography and The Agency Arizona, both of Scottsdale.  Cassée, The Agency Arizona and its models donated their time and talent to the project.

“As an animal lover and advocate, Eric dove head first into making this calendar unique by highlighting AAWL programs in beautiful shots,” says Whitney Steele, director of Volunteers & Special Events for AAWL & SPCA.

“His vision and willingness to try anything helped us produce a one-of-a-kind calendar.”

Photo by Eric Cassée Photography.

Photo by Eric Cassée Photography.

“I’ve never met a more handsome and talented group of animal advocates,” she says of the models and staff from The Agency Arizona.

The calendar is available for $15 plus $2 shipping and handling through

It can also be purchased at the shelter’s PetMatch Adoption Center at Chandler Fashion Mall, 3111 W. Chandler Blvd., (near Dillard’s on the second floor), and at BeBe’s Boutique at the Sonia Breslow Adoption Center, 25 N. 40th St. (just north of Washington St.).

The mission of the Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA is to end the unnecessary euthanasia of dogs and cats in our community.

Founded in 1971, AAWL & SPCA operates the state’s oldest and largest no-kill shelter, as well as the most comprehensive humane education program in the Valley, with children’s programs and classes for adults, and a clinic providing low-cost veterinary services at its central Phoenix campus.

No federal or state funding is received and all revenue is from private donations and fundraising efforts. To find out more, go to or call 602-273-6852.

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