HOULTON, Maine — The 12 bachelors in the Houlton Humane Society’s 2024 Dudes and Adoptables Calendar are no longer a mystery.
The calendar, created by Johanna Johnston as a fundraiser for the Callahan Road animal shelter, was released on Sunday and is available for sale on Amazon for $20.
Johnston designed the photo pages to resemble a dating profile along with a short bio about each dude and adoptable animal, she said.
“I just thought it was a fun twist, and each month of the calendar has a quote about animals,” Johnston said.
Johnston, who is also the executive director of the Southern Aroostook Development Corp., donated her time to design and pull the calendar together. All the proceeds will help support the day-to-day operations of the Houlton animal shelter.
The 12 bachelors who donated their time for the calendar are Brant Hubbard, 37, sales supervisor; Grady Finnemore, 21, Hannaford service leader; Paul Bagnall, 32, journalist; Christian Putnam, 61, radio personality; Nick Hannigan, 30, social worker; Wayne Brown, 71, retired; Jim Hitz, 70, retired; Akhil Sawda, 38, federal employee; Adam Brown, 36, freight billing supervisor; Chris Carpenter, 35, bartender/server; Dean Patten, 36, IT tech; and Jacob Goodman, 25, police officer.
Presque Isle hair stylist Casey Eastabrook, who owns Glow N’ Go Beauty Bar, donated her time to trim the calendar models’ hair before the shoot and Houlton photographer Regan Harvey, owner of Lavender Lenses studio, donated the photography to the effort.
“This calendar has been quite the adventure and I hope seeing the adoration on the faces of these men and animals makes people smile,” Johnston said. “There is nothing sexier to me than a man that treats animals with the compassion and gentility they deserve.”