On June 17, the Humane Rescue Alliance held their annual Bark Ball, a fundraising event that brings the movers and shakers of Washington DC together, along with their canine companions. Through a night of wining and dining, they raise money for the organisation.
The organisation is an alliance between the Washington Humane Society (WHS) and the Washington Animal Rescue League (WARL). The WHS was established in 1870, while WARL was founded in 1914; together, they have served across the capital of the United States for over 100 years. Their main aim is to help people to adopt animals, but they also help to provide financial assistance with veterinary care, assist with behavioural problems, and care for lost, abused or injured animals.
For the organisation’s 30th anniversary, they gathered at the Washington Hilton for another event. This time it was a black-tie masquerade ball, a gala in which all the guests had to dress up for, whether they are of the human or canine variety.
The event was located at the snazzy Washington Hilton hotel, where the program included both silent and live auctions, a three-course dinner, dancing, as well as some “special surprises”. In addition to this, the event provided “a bark bar for the pups”, so the event wasn’t catering just for its homo sapien clientele.
The guests included names such as former senators Bob and Elizabeth Dole, as well as animal activist Erica May-Scherzer, wife of professional baseball pitcher Max Scherzer, who plays for the Washington Nationals. But when you get down to it, what we all want to see is how those dogs looked on their big night out.
Most of the pups were decked in bow-ties to keep in with the smart dress of the evening
My personal favourite is “Rudy G”, who looks so at home with that tie and collar that he’d look naked without it
Once sat down to dinner, the dogs finally had the chance to sit at the table with humans as they have always wanted to. The dogs received their own more appropriate dinner bowls to eat from, while their owners wined and dined around them.
On its website, the Humane Rescue Alliance details its aims:
“We hope to serve as a model for other animal welfare organizations and to create a community where there is a loving home for every unwanted animal, affordable medical care for every sick and injured animal, an end to animal abuse and cruelty, and stronger bonds between animals and people through education and training.”
The event turned out to be a success, as soon afterwards the Humane Rescue Alliance confirmed that it had raised nearly $700,000, all in just one evening. The money raised will fund the charity’s ongoing efforts to protect animals in the District of Columbia.
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