Posh Pups Raise Money For Animals In Need At The Bark Ball
While you were scrambling Saturday night to find your dad a last-minute prezzie, fancy D.C. doggos dressed in their most elegant coats (and masks, bow ties, and jewlery) kicked up their heels at the 30th annual Bark Ball.
Organized by the Humane Rescue Alliance, the black-tie gala benefits area shelters and animals with a series of silent and online auctions.
Boasting a program that included dinner, dancing, a reception, and "special surprises", this year's event attracted more than 500 fashion-furward pups and a record-breaking 1,200 humans.
The guest list featured luminaries from the political, media, entertainment, sports, and business worlds, all of whom were dressed and accessorized around a masquerade motif.
"Every ball should be a #Barkball."
"Rudy G is all set for #BarkBall 2017!"
"The Bark Ball at the Washington @HiltonHotels is back!"
"Last time I was here was for White House Correspondents Dinner. So far the @HumaneRescue #BarkBall is much more civil"
"Winston having dinner at the Washington Hilton."
"Enjoying @HumaneRescue #BarkBall with @atlasvetDC supporters, @charlesallen, & pet lovers from across the district!"
"My other nephew all dressed up 😍🐶😂."
"Someone stole Darren's seat and the show!"
"a blast supporting the Humane Rescue Alliance with my amazing dog-loving friends 👌 🐶💗"
"Tough to get my bulldog toddler to sit still long enough for pictures! Lots of puppy outtakes :) a great event for a great charity!"
"Ty, Cody, and Penelope #barkball"
"My date for the #BarkBall was a real bitch."
And while the spotlight was trained on puppers, cats weren't overlooked entirely.
"It may be called the BARK Ball, but adoptable cats Rodger, Dunky, and Pheona aren’t going to let the pups have all the fun. Plus, we know it’s cats who rule the internet."
Writing on Facebook Saturday night, the organizers announced that Bark Ball raised close to $700,000!
Dubbing the party an "incredible success", officials with the HRA pledged to use the money "to deliver on our ongoing mission to protect animals, support families, and advocate for positive change to create a world where all animals can thrive."