Dog parents of the Midlands who love showing off their four-legged friends now have the opportunity to submit a photo of their pet(s) for usage in a published hardcover picture book.

The inaugural Dogs of Columbia and Dogs of Lake Murray will show off a variety of Columbia-area dogs, compiled into different chapters of two limited-edition coffee table books.

The books are the final product of a 30 to 45 day fundraising campaign to help raise money and awareness for the “Save Them All” mission of Best Friends Animal Society. The organization is the leading national animal welfare group dedicated to ending the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters by 2025.

Both books will feature 300 to 500 local doggies throughout ten chapters of the publication. Chapters vary from topics like “rescued dogs” and “mixed breeds” to “service dogs” and “in memory.”

Dog owners interested in submitting a picture can visit DogsofAmerica.org, choose their city, and upload photos. The cost to be featured is $79.99, which includes receiving one book. Each additional entry is $35 per photo. Those submitting an entry do not have to live within certain parameters to be considered Columbia or Lake Murray residents.

“Dogs of America is thrilled to celebrate pets in communities throughout the USA,” said Michelle Ann Layman, president of the parent company, iBuddy Club, Inc. “We are equally thrilled to share that 100% of any consumer donations made in contribution to our trademarked ‘With Gratitude’ section will go directly to Best Friends Animal Society. Also, $1 from the sale of each keepsake photo book produced will benefit the “Save Them All” mission, with a minimum commitment of $25,000.”

Anyone interested in purchasing a book without submitting a picture can buy a copy on DogsofAmerica.org. Once published, the books will be available on the website, at local pet-loving stores, and on Amazon. In order to purchase a book that will be ready before Christmas, orders should be placed by Oct. 15.

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