SLIDESHOW: Pet Portrait Charity in Edina Kicks off April 1

Updated: 03/27/2013 11:31 AM By: Maricella Miranda

A pet portrait charity in Edina will kickoff next month fundraising for five local pet rescues.

The second-annual "Pin-Up Pets" fundraiser will start April 1 at Tangerine House of Design, 6129 France Ave. S., an Edina business owned by photographer Lisa Asp. Last year's event raised $5,000 for Homeward Bound Rescue, according to the design company.

This year's event will include four more pet rescues: Secondhand Hounds, No Dog Left Behind, Windmill Animal Rescue and Twin Cities Animal Rescue.

"I'm a huge animal lover so this fundraiser is an easy way for me to help," Asp said in a statement. "It creates a win-win-win: the rescue organizations are able to raise some much needed funds, the supporters get beautiful portraits of their beloved pets, and I get introduced to new clients I may not have otherwise met."

Asp began the fundraiser while working in Connecticut. She hosted the event for six years there, raising more than $50,000 for an animal rescue, according to Asp.

For the event, pet owners can schedule a portrait session for their pet throughout the month of April. Session fees will be waived for a monetary donation that will go toward the pet rescue groups. Families are welcome to be photographed with their pets, too.

A pet portrait calendar will be created from the sessions. Participants will be entered in a contest for the calendar's cover pet. The public will vote on the cover pet.

The winner also will become the "spokes pet" for the year, and the next 12 highest winners will appear inside the calendar. The first 30 people to participate in the pet portraits will receive a goodie bag with items from local pet businesses.

More information is available on the company's Appointments can be made on the website or by calling 952-303-3619.