Shelter dogs strut runway for USC fashion show

Published: Mar. 20, 2015 at 6:57 PM EDT|Updated: Mar. 30, 2015 at 6:57 PM EDT
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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The models walking the runway Monday afternoon at the University of South Carolina don't spend a lot of time on hair and makeup. And they don't get to travel to exotic destinations for photo shoots.

They would be happy just to have a loving home.

Monday is the fourth annual Doggy Fashion Show for the University of South Carolina Fashion Week.

"The whole point is to get the dogs looking all cute walking down the runway and then hopefully one of them would get adopted," said Rilinda Harris of the USC Fashion Board.

The dogs are from the Columbia Humane Society, and they are available for adoption once they're done modeling.

"We made tutus, capes and bow ties, and this year, we're actually going to be selling the clothes," Harris said. Money raised from the event goes to the Humane Society.

Harris said the students love working with the dogs just as much as the dogs love the attention from the students.

"The members walk the dog down the runway and not only are you their walker, you're their caretaker for the day," she said. "So you get that pet-loving, and kind of, that pet therapy."

The event is free and the public and their dogs are welcome. Davis Field is between Thomas Cooper Library and Russell House. It starts at 5:30 and includes food and music along with dogs wearing clothes. Pet-themed raffle items will be available.

"Even if you don't have a dog, you're excited to see the dogs strut down the runway," Harris said. "If you're part of the fashion board or if you decide to walk your dog, it's just something for everybody.

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