Firefighters Pose With Rescue Animals for Sizzling Fundraiser

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Turning up the heat for 2021, six new calendars depict brave—and incredibly handsome—Australian firefighters posing with some of the most adorable animals their country has to offer.

What may be the world’s most popular calendar, now in its 28th year, is back, and this year the hunky heroes have been photographed with heart-melting dogs, cats, koala bears, and even kangaroos. 

Setting out to brighten the doom and gloom of the last eight months, all proceeds will be donated to the native animal charities that are vital to supporting local wildlife. This is an especially important cause given Australia’s catastrophic wildfires in 2019 and early 2019, which resulted in the estimated loss of one billion animals from the diverse native wildlife.

While the fires may have gone, the devastated bushland has made it impossible for many of the displaced wildlife to return to their natural habitat.

One of the centers to benefit is the Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital, where Dr. Stephen Van Mil and his team are building Australia’s first mobile wildlife hospital. It’s designed to be rushed to wherever the wildlife emergency is.

Speaking of creating the Australian Firefighters Calendar in a pandemic, calendar director David Rogers explained, “Coronavirus was never going to stop us from bringing smiles to faces across the world.”

With this year’s cat and dog calendars, there’s a bit of a twist. As COVID-19 restricted the team’s access to many rescue animals, the Aussie public was asked to bring their own rescued furry friends to the photoshoot to help create these calendars.

Funds raised will allow the organization to help less fortunate animals find a new home through rescue organisations like Safe Haven Animal Rescue and All Breeds Canine Rescue.

“You will see all your favorite Australian firefighters with every variety of animal we could photograph,” Rogers said. “We have got something for everyone!”

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