We love the intelligent ways in which passionate animal lovers elevate consciousness for rescue, and BARCS Animal Shelter in Baltimore, Maryland threw a soiree known as Pawject Runway to boost consciousness, funds, and discover households for homeless pets in want!
Native celebrities, public figures, and nationally-known athletes all got here collectively in help of the modeling mutts and kitties. Carolina Panther Torrey Smith, Tampa Bay Buccaneer Ryan Jensen, and New England Patriot Lawrence Man (all former Ravens) donated a mixed $9,000 to cowl the adoption charges of all of the animals, and a further $190,000 was raised to help the life-saving shelter. However the true VIPs that evening had been the adoptable pets, who snuggled, socialized, and strutted their stuff!
Fortunately, photographer Zhenia Bulawka was in a position to catch some memorable behind-the-scenes pictures of the thrilling occasion, and shared the heartwarming pictures with us.
You possibly can see extra of her work on Instagram: @theladiesofeastpratt & @zheniabulawka
A stunning pup mannequin provides “I really like you” eyes.
Able to strut his stuff for a brand new residence!
Don’t be fooled by the fist! Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan got here out to point out his tender facet and take a stand towards animal cruelty. (Pictured with Baltimore Ravens cheerleader, Ali Renee).
Getting all dolled up for the massive present!
Detroit musician Dan Tillery comforts the adoptables in preparation of their large stage debut…
…and likewise sings to them earlier than the massive present! (You might bear in mind Tillery for preventing towards BSL legal guidelines after adopting American Bulldog pup Diggy!)
World well-known remedy canine and Hero Award nominee, Aladdin, displaying off his signature pout.
“I used to be checking your canine out.” Carolina Panther, Torrey Smith (previously of Baltimore Ravens), and his runway associate, Bubbs.
Adopted on the spot! William Vanzela (goalkeeper for the Baltimore Blast) and his new main girl, Bella.
William and Bella Vanzela.
A candy pooch snuggles as much as a younger animal advocate.
Professional wrestler Ken Dixon loosens his grip whereas cuddling Sneezy.
Pancake is protected and safe within the arms of April Doherty, Baltimore’s lead animal abuse investigator.
“Prepared for my close-up!”
All smiles as comedienne Rebecca Corry (Get up for Pits), and Murray hit the stage.
Proof that “softies” are available in all styles and sizes. (New England Patriot, Lawrence Man and his daughter, Adriana).
Bulawka advised iHeartDogs:
“Pawject Runway is a enjoyable occasion for all ages that encourages contributors and spectators alike, to undertake homeless pets. This yr’s present was particularly rewarding as a result of over $190,000 was raised for BARCS–probably the most ever!
I sit up for seeing Pawject Runway develop on the nationwide stage, with extra native celebrities stepping out in help. It might be good to see one in every main metropolis.”
Rescue animals maintain a particular place in her coronary heart as a result of she’s the proud canine mother to Violet and Ruby, her personal rescues.
Extra about Zhenia Bulawka:
Zhenia Bulawka is a positive artwork photographer based mostly in Baltimore, MD. A 2013 BFA graduate of MICA, her focus is narrative and documentary fashion pictures. Whereas not solely a canine photographer (although it’s her choice) each personally and professionally, Zhenia aspires to quell pit bull stigma and propaganda by presenting her subject material in its pure state. She volunteers her providers and works intently with quite a lot of animal rescue teams within the Baltimore/Washington hall in addition to grassroots/nationwide organizations which take a stand towards animal cruelty. Zhenia is a staunch supporter of adoption and rescue as a pathway to pet possession.
Make sure to observe her on Instagram: @theladiesofeastpratt & @zheniabulawka!
Particular because of Zhenia Bulawka for letting us share these beautiful pictures!