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Envision trying to wrangle a bunch of kitties to walk on a fashion show catwalk — kind of like herding cats. Impossible, right? Leave it to the imagination of the volunteers at the Evergreen …
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Envision trying to wrangle a bunch of kitties to walk on a fashion show catwalk — kind of like herding cats. Impossible, right?
Leave it to the imagination of the volunteers at the Evergreen Animal Protective League. They put together a fundraiser on July 21 that had a fashion show including cats of all sorts — the Cheshire Cat, Cat in the Hat, a psychedelic kitty, calico cat and more — all humans in costume.
The fashion show is part of the annual fundraiser that included a huge silent auction at Cactus Jack’s Saloon and Grill. The creekside event in past years has had costumed canines on the catwalk, according to Elizabeth Pruitt with EAPL. But organizers tried something different for this year’s largest fundraiser. She said auction-item donations were bigger this year than in the past, likely because this was EAPL’s first event post-COVID.
The event organizers and the catwalk kitties are volunteers: they foster animals, volunteer on the phones, organize animal-adoption events and more. EAPL is different from some other pet rescues because animals are sent to foster homes rather than staying in shelters until they are adopted.
Bambi Moss has been volunteering for more than 20 years. Moss, who wears several hats with EAPL, said she loves the work, and the volunteers are like a family.
“It’s so nice to have that camaraderie,” Moss said. “It makes the organization run that much more smoothly. It’s because we have the same goal — helping animals find forever homes.”
Pat Nickel, who was the fashion show’s psychedelic kitty, said she chose her outfit because she was looking for something a little out of the ordinary, while her husband, George, was Sylvester the cat.
“If you go to a costume party,” Pat said, “you go all out.”
Piper Espinosa portrayed the Cheshire Cat and carried an “Alice in Wonderland” book, while her brother, Skyler, was the Cat in the Hat, also sporting the book.
Their mom, Deb Carbone, said the family has been involved with EAPL since 2006 — fostering 700 dogs, many of them litters of puppies, since Piper was 2.
“We were and still are dedicated to EAPL,” Carbone said. “It’s been a wonderful journey.”
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