Open to the public, dog owners are invited to enter their dressed up pet and accompany them down the red carpet. Contestants will have the opportunity to win a “Pawscar” in three categories and have their picture taken by the “puparazzi."
Celebrity judges will be Murphy, Sam and Jodi, of 96.1 the River, and host Michael Hackett—owner of Petz Plaza—will serve as emcee. Attendees will be treated to food provided by Izzo’s Illegal Burrito and all dogs will leave with a swag bag of treats.
“We are thankful for Harley-Davidson hosting the dog fashion show, as well as Murphy, Sam and Jodi and Michael Hackett giving of their time,” says Executive Director Sandra DiTusa. “The event, designed for people and their dogs to have fun, will also allow us to raise awareness of what we are about.”
Spay Baton Rouge is dedicated to reducing the pet euthanasia rate in East Baton Rouge Parish. Since 2006, they and their partners have spayed and neutered over 10,500 cats and dogs by offering low-cost spay and neuter services to people otherwise unable to afford the procedure for their pets.
DiTusa says despite the organization’s success, funding is a continuous challenge. “Pet homelessness is a serious problem in our community. Nearly 60 percent of all animals impounded yearly in East Baton Rouge Parish are euthanized. If we continue to euthanize as a method to control the pet population, we will continually be playing catch up with animals that produce an average of 10 offspring per year.”
Proceeds from the fundraiser will allow Spay Baton Rouge to continue providing spay and neuter services, effectively stopping the problem at its source and offering a humane alternative to euthanasia.
Spay Baton Rouge thanks its event sponsors: Harley-Davidson of Baton Rouge, Izzo’s Illegal Burrito, Petz Plaza, Crawford Photography, Coca-Cola, Celtic Media, Silver Screen Rentals, la Madeleine, Marsh Dog, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Oh Baby, Jeanne Schoeffler and Vanishing Forests Digital Media.
For tickets and dog registration information visit www.spaybatonrouge.org.