Wanted: "12 sexy studs and their pet cats." No, this is not a casting alert for the worst porn ever. Found Animals Foundation and celebrity/fashion photographer Adam Bouska are collaborating on a calendar called "6 Packs/9 Lives" to draw attention to the millions of shelter cats in need of homes nationwide--and they need hunks and fur balls.
Open auditions for all men with pet cats will be held 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 5, at the South East Area Animal Control Authority, which is home to the Found Animals kitty adoption annex known as "The ModPawd," in Downey.
"All contestants must be prepared to prove that their cuddly kitty truly belongs to them," say organizers. So, no rent-a-pussies, puh-leeze.
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A panel of judges will choose the calendar boys and cats for "6 Packs/9 Lives," which will be published and distributed by BrownTrout Publishers, Inc. What will the judges base their scores on? How well the pairs look on the catwalk, of course.
Anyone who cannot attend the open casting can e-mail a digital video submission no longer than three minutes to firstname.lastname@example.org that shows the contestant and his cat, with an explanation of why the cat is a great companion, why the pair should be selected for the calendar and why the contestant could not attend the live casting.
The submission also should include any form of proof that the contestant is the owner of his cat, including paid vet bills, past photos of the contestant and his cat and a bill or receipt that expresses rightful ownership. Video submissions will be accepted throughl May 29.
The New York Times, Life & Style magazine, Guinness Book of World Records 2010, Chelsea Lately, NBC's Today show, The View and CNBC have reportedly featured shots by Bouska, who is said to have worked with Barry Manilow, Meghan McCain, Deepak Chopra and Lisa Ling. He won acclaim recently for his involvement with the NOH8 Campaign, a silent photo protest and non-profit organization he co-founded to raise mass awareness for human equality.