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'Fashion in Public With a Touch of Fur' Benefits Philly PAWS


There were lines wrapped around Public House on Arch Street Wednesday night for Fashion in Public With a Touch of Fur. Photos by Aileen Bannon.Fashion in Public With a Touch of Fur.  The event gave Philly PAWS  (Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society) a chance to increase awareness of their organization, which is dedicated to rescuing and finding homes for abandoned and unwanted animals in Philadelphia.

PAWS is the only non-profit, no-kill animal humane organization that exists at this time. On this night, several dogs who are up for adoption strutted their stuff on the runway aided by local Philadelphia models and celebrities.

Stuart Bradley and Todd Herremans of the Philadelphia Eagles were some of the runway participants. Fox 29's Mike Jerrick and John Bolaris emceed the event. Although the guests mingled and took advantage of the hour-long open bar, the true meaning of the event was not lost upon Bolaris and the event's participants.

"My daughter has a rescued cat," says Bolaris. To help Dana (PAWS founder Dana Spain) try and raise money for an event like this is really something special."




And raise money they did. Just over $5,200, according to PAWS Adoption Center Manager Allison Lamond, who was very pleased with the turnout and support on behalf of her organization.

"The turnout was more than I expected, says Lamond. "I was thrilled to see so many people there having a great time Fashion in Public With a Touch of Fur. Photos by Aileen Bannon.and supporting PAWS. I think the event was important because we reached a new audience, spread awareness, and sparked interest in adopting. So many people do not realize the variety of breeds that are surrendered to the shelter each day. I was excited to talk to people about adopting and volunteering, while also raising money and having a great time!"

Amber-Joi Watkins modelled at the event along with her friends Rachel Day and Kate Beaver. Although Watkins has been participating in local runway shows and print as a teen, she realizes the true meaning of Fashion in Public, as animals have a special place in her family as well.

"My family has a cat whom we all love," says Watkins. "His name is Cat Daddy. I love helping any good cause."

The event was a rousing success, and several of the animals have already expressed interest from the event's attendees. Ashley Via from Philadelphia, hopes that an event of this magnitude will bring greater attention to the many animals still looking for a home.

"The pets tonight only represented a fraction of the animals that are in need of homes. I would love to adopt a pet but I am currently in a living situation that would make it difficult to provide the type of home that my pet would deserve. Even if that's your situation, you can still help a great cause and save an animal’s life by donating or volunteering your time."

For more info on the animals featured during the night's event as well as ALL other PAWS adoptee hopefuls, please visit: http://www.phillypaws.org/Adopt/default.asp

Contact Joe Vallee at jvallee@hilly2philly.com

Photos by Aileen Bannon