Introducing Miss March

Bella, whose image will appear in the SPCA's fundraising calendar. Photo: Supplied
Bella, whose image will appear in the SPCA's fundraising calendar. Photo: Supplied
SPCA's 2020 dog calendar will be special for Linda Newman.

A photograph of her dog, Bella, a 4-year-old German shepherd-border collie cross, is one of more than 1200 pets chosen to feature in the three SPCA calendars.

Linda, who lives in Christchurch but was formerly from Cheviot, said she ''fell in love with Bella, who became an SPCA dog after she was ''owner surrendered'' at 12 months of age.

Every year the SPCA holds a competition to find images for its calendars and raise funds for the organisation by asking animal owners to submit favourite photos of their pets.

Every pet entered in the competition is guaranteed a place in the calendar, with 12 chosen as ''pets of the month'' and a cat, dog, and small, or farm animal, as the cover stars.

Bella is likely to be the March dog.

The entry fee was $25 per photo, and every entry received a free calendar, with all proceeds going to helping the injured, abused, and abandoned animals of New Zealand.

The three calendars will feature cats, dogs and other animals.

''The calendars are filled with incredible photos of pets across New Zealand, says the SPCA's senior communications organiser, Sarah Hitchings.

''We are so happy with how the calendars look. It made us so happy seeing how loved and happy so many animals in New Zealand are.''

The calendars cost $25 each and can be ordered at:, with all proceeds going to the SPCA.


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