The Camden-Rockport Animal Rescue League (CRARL) is producing a 2011 calendar featuring area police, firefighters and town officials with shelter pets currently available for adoption.

A special event will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 6 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Camden Public Safety Building.

The calendar is a new and creative community fund-raising initiative with 100 percent of the proceeds going to support the ongoing care of the animals at CRARL waiting for placement in loving homes. Local community members and businesses have sponsored calendar pages to underwrite the expenses of printing and production. Calendars will go on sale starting Oct. 1 at the shelter for $15 apiece.

The event, which coincides with National Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 3-9) and National Dog Adoption Month (October), will have models on hand to sign calendars and dogs currently available for adoption at the shelter.

“We were all very eager to lend a hand to CRARL in any way we could,” says Camden Fire Chief Chris Farley. “The event will be fun for the whole family and we know the community will turn out in support of the shelter.”

Photographer Patrisha McLean, whose photos of local townspeople made the book “Maine Street: Faces and Stories from a Small Town” a great success in 2009, took the black and white portraits of members of the police and fire departments, and town offices where CRARL has contracts.

“This is a wonderful project and everyone involved is very excited,” says Sarah Shepherd, Executive Director at CRARL. “We are looking forward to seeing everyone at the party, especially our alumni and their families.”

In operation since 1974, Camden-Rockport Animal Rescue League is a no-kill animal shelter that provides a safe, caring environment for homeless or abandoned companion animals until they can be placed with loving families and promotes humane values in the community.