Sometimes, a hard-working dog in the big city just wants a night where they can dress up, go out, and have some fun. This past Saturday, June 17, the Humane Rescue Alliance hosted their 30th annual “Bark Ball” in Washington.
— Humane Rescue (@HumaneRescue) June 18, 2017
This organization’s masquerade party annually allows people to bring their dogs in costumes as their guests. Of course, the dogs clearly stole the show, because they’re dogs, but that is kind of the point.
In addition to their fine fur coats, they could also be seen donning dog-sized bow ties, tutus, hats, and at least one mask.
— Albert Lang (@AlbertLeRoi) June 18, 2017
According to The Huffington Post, a spokesperson said the event raised over $700,000, in addition to a record-breaking number of guests at around 1,200, which included former senators, Bob and Elizabeth Dole.
That money will now go to “[protecting] animals, support families, and advocate for positive change to create a world where all animals can thrive,” according to the animal welfare group.
— Scott LaGanga (@scottlags) June 17, 2017
As the organization’s website explains, “This event is the only black-tie gala where movers and shakers of Washington, D.C. can bring their canine companions as their dates.
The Bark Ball draws many of the area’s most illustrious residents and their four-legged friends, all in honor of the programs and services of the Humane Rescue Alliance.
The guest list always includes leading figures from the political, media, entertainment, sports, and business worlds…There will be a reception followed by an extensive silent and live auction, dinner, program, dancing, and special surprises.”
— Matt Antkowiak, DVM (@kiltedvet) June 18, 2017
While the party seemed at aimed at the more “canine crowd,” cat lovers can at least take comfort in knowing that the money raised will help cats and dogs through the Human Rescue Alliance.
This video from 2015 introducing the event even showcases animals not traditionally kept as pets who benefit from the organization’s services, such as squirrels, turtles, and even bears!
But for this year’s festivities, the Humane Rescue Alliance has sent us photos for this year’s event. Let look at our four-legged stars! In other words, behold a pug wearing pearls.
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