Dogs on the catwalk, for a cause

The Cayman Islands Humane Society’s “Fashion for the Animals” fashion show is sure to set tails wagging on Jan. 29 at Camana Bay.

Ten dogs of various mixes, sizes and colors currently sheltered at the Humane Society will channel their inner “supermodel” alongside human models who will escort them down the runway. There will also be raffle tickets and great prizes to be won, as well as a silent auction thanks to many donations received.

Lesley Walker, board director at the Humane Society, says a short biography on each dog’s background and personality will be available to help potential adopters or foster ”parents” make their decisions. Many of the dogs will be wearing accessories provided by NKY, the official host of the event.

“They have been in training for their modeling debut since October, and along with their human escorts are getting very excited about their appearance!” said Walker.

Although the Humane Society has held similar fashion shows on and off over a number of years at various locations on island, this year they have partnered with a number of generous sponsors in Camana Bay, including NKY, Upper Crust and Abacus restaurants, and Dart. The exact location of the fashion show will be under the stars in the open-air Paseo between NKY and Abacus.

“We hope that with the support of the community we will now be able to pencil in this event permanently on the social calendar,” said Walker. “To stage such an event and be able to have it at the same venue each year would be of tremendous benefit to all the volunteers who donate their time and energy in making it a wonderful social event enjoyed by so many.

“We feel Camana Bay is the perfect location for such an occasion as there is ample parking, and it is wonderful to take advantage of being able to hold it at an outdoor venue that is in the heart of Camana Bay Town Centre.”

This year, the Humane Society decided to approach their fundraising efforts for the fashion show a bit differently. They invited four other registered charities to come on board, including Canine Friends, Feline Friends, Cayman Animal Rescue Enthusiasts and PAWS Cayman, with all proceeds to be divided among them.

“We felt it was very important that the community see that those of us involved in animal welfare are very much united, and by showing how all five charities can work together, we hope in turn that the people of the Cayman Islands can show their support by attending this wonderful event,” said Walker.

The event is still being finalized, but Walker was excited to announce that Governor Helen Kilpatrick will attend. There will also be a variety of commentators and hosts.

“We are planning on creating an atmosphere where everyone can cast off the January blues and really enjoy themselves, while at the same time knowing that they are contributing to a very worthwhile cause,” she said.

Fashion for the Animals starts at 5:30 p.m. with cocktails. Tickets are $30, which includes entry, seating and a glass of wine; or $75, which includes VIP seating, a bottle of wine and canapés. Tickets can be purchased at NKY, Abacus, and Must Love Dogs, or at the Book Loft above the Humane Society.

Tickets can also be purchased by contacting PAWS, CARE, Feline Friends, and Canine Friends.

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Hosts from the Humane Society’s 2012 fashion show included NKY owner Nicola de Lima and Markus Mueri, owner of Abacus, Karoo and Deckers.

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A dog and its escort strut the runway at the Humane Society’s 2012 fashion show.

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Many of the ‘model’ dogs have been training for their runway debut since October.
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