Dogs take to the catwalk for Elkhart County Humane Society fundraiser
ELKHART COUNTY —
This isn't your typical runway fashion show, but it may just be one of the cutest.
Animal lovers in Elkhart County and their pets took to the catwalk Thursday night raising money for a good cause.
It's the Humane Society of Elkhart County's biggest fundraiser of the year. All of the profits are going to go toward the care of the animals at the shelter. This year they're hoping to break a fundraising record.
It's been more than 10 years since the first fundraiser and since then it's come a very long way.
"It's grown over the years. We started out with it being a luncheon, and then we moved it up to a dinner event,” said Bernice Simms. “It's just a wonderful thing. Whatever money we make benefits the animals, but we can give our story to the people that come here.”
Local pet owners and their furry companions prepared backstage before the show, getting ready to strut their stuff in the latest fashions from Stephenson's.
Some dogs eagerly waited for the show to start, while others donned their finest attire and posed for the camera.
Event co-chairwoman Stephanie Krol says last year alone the Humane Society of Elkhart County took in over 4,000 animals, which is why they could use all the help they can get.
"So just think about the day-to-day care of how much we have to take care of these animals, vet care, food and other expenses. So every penny counts and tonight we're hoping to break a fundraising record,” said Krol.
New this year is a live auction which featured getaways to Mexico and Chicago, and tickets to Disney World. With those items and more they're hoping to raise more than $70,000 dollars.
Instagram famous duo Gus and Rosie greeted guests and motivated their owners to get involved.
"Because of my love for them I wanted to help other animals, so I got involved in my local humane society. I got my friends involved in my local humane society, and it opened a door to a whole new way of giving and we're just happy we can do it,” said event co-chairwoman Nicole Cripe.
The event co-chairs say there are many animals at your local shelter that need good homes. They say if walk through, you meet some of the sweetest most caring animals that just want a family to call their own and share their unconditional love.