RUSKIN – Seventy pet owners brought their dogs dressed in drag to the Critter Adoption and Rescue Effort’s recent annual Boo Bash fundraiser. The no-kill animal shelter netted $1,400 from the effort.
The event included 10 vendors, a pumpkin carving contest, costume contest, and tour of the facility, which, thanks to the Community Foundation of Greater Sun City Center, the Frank E. Duckwall Foundation and Talk Fusion Inc., now sports new, stainless steel kennels. The 50/50 raffle paid $107, and lots of door prizes were awarded.
Elaine Otte of Apollo Beach won the carving contest, and “Baby Girl,” a pomeranian wearing a tutu, took first place for costumes. The second-place winner was Julie Guill’s terrier-mix, Fred, who came as a deputy sheriff. And Laurie Clemency’s Spanky, a mixed breed of unknown origin dressed as shark bait, took third.
Eleven canines competed. The winners received a pumpkin basket filled with treats and accessories.
Seth Dugan’s Doogie Entertainment provided the music, and Apollo Rentals donated tables and chairs for the event.
For more information about CARE, visit www.careshelter.org or call (813) 645-2273.