Rocky woman Monique's plan for the purrrrfect calendar
WHEN Monique Purton first moved from the Gold Coast to Rockhampton, she was heartbroken to discover how much the pound was struggling with stray animals.
She said moving from an area with mandatory desexing and a 10-day pound holding to Rockhampton was a sobering experience.
Now more than two years on, the owner of Come Fly With Me Lola Vintage has decided to take the problem into her own hands.
"There is a bunch of us that get together to do photo shoots...we decided to do it for a reason this time and do photographs of some of the older cats that Capricorn Animal Aid have, to raise money for them," Monique said.
"It really upsets me what happens in this town...someone has to care."
But what Monique didn't anticipate was falling in love with one of her feline models.
"I adopted one of the cats we shot with," Monique said.
"Kouger was the second cat we shot on the day...he is just so giant, you have got to love him."
The photographs will feature in a cat calendar which will be on sale in the coming weeks, with all profits going to CAA.
Monique has also organised a launch party for the calendars, which will feature cat walking dogs, cat's-eye makeup booth, a pop-up adoption centre and a canine kissing booth at the workshop on Sunday, November 8.
She said that whilst holding a photo shoot with more than 12 cats was challenging at times, she was very proud to help her furry friends.
"It was a little bit crazy because we had a lot of cats there at the same time...it was really hectic," Monique said.
"Hopefully people will get on board. They are really beautiful photos and we are putting in a quirky little story about each cat.
"It is the best cause there is."