Animal Attraction

Animal advocates party with pups at Paws Cause Goes Hollywoof fundraising fete

Animal advocates party with pups at Paws Cause Goes Hollywoof fundraising fete

Melissa Rycroft
Melissa Rycroft Photo by Laura Durham
Phyllis Comu, LeeAnne Locken
Phyllis Comu , LeeAnne Locken Photo by Laura Durham
Jane Arrington, Cassie Evans, Melissa Rycroft, James Bias, Myron Martin
Jane Arrington , Cassie Evans , Melissa Rycroft , James Bias , Myron Martin Photo by Laura Durham
Bernadette Schaeffler, Candy Evans
Bernadette Schaeffler, Candy Evans Photo by Laura Durham
Penny Rivenbark Patton, Diane Brierley
Penny Rivenbark Patton , Diane Brierley Photo by Laura Durham
Giana DePaul
Giana DePaul Photo by Laura Durham
Jocelyn White, Kim Seal, Stacey Kivowitz
Jocelyn White , Kim Seal , Stacey Kivowitz Photo by Laura Durham
Melissa Rycroft, Tye Strickland
Melissa Rycroft , Tye Strickland Photo by Laura Durham
Danya Fuller, Sheryl Wood, Stephanie Smith
Danya Fuller , Sheryl Wood , Stephanie Smith Photo by Laura Durham
Gwen Echols
Gwen Echols Photo by Laura Durham
Cynthia Daniel, Karen Urie
Cynthia Daniel , Karen Urie Photo by Laura Durham
Beck Weathers, Meg Weathers, Peach Weathers
Beck Weathers , Meg Weathers , Peach Weathers Photo by Laura Durham
Tanya Roberts, Dan Forbes
Tanya Roberts, Dan Forbes Photo by Laura Durham
Abraham Salum, Cassie Evans
Abraham Salum , Cassie Evans Photo by Laura Durham
Melissa Rycroft
Phyllis Comu, LeeAnne Locken
Jane Arrington, Cassie Evans, Melissa Rycroft, James Bias, Myron Martin
Bernadette Schaeffler, Candy Evans
Penny Rivenbark Patton, Diane Brierley
Giana DePaul
Jocelyn White, Kim Seal, Stacey Kivowitz
Melissa Rycroft, Tye Strickland
Danya Fuller, Sheryl Wood, Stephanie Smith
Gwen Echols
Cynthia Daniel, Karen Urie
Beck Weathers, Meg Weathers, Peach Weathers
Tanya Roberts, Dan Forbes
Abraham Salum, Cassie Evans

More than 200 animal lovers joined the pack at Sambuca for Paws Cause Goes to Hollywoof benefiting the SPCA of Texas. Upon arrival, they were greeted by sweet foster puppies, who tugged at their philanthropic heartstrings.

Founded by Skip Trimble, Paws Cause started off humbly, raising $11,000 in its first year. But the annual event has grown into a tremendous fundraiser for the the SPCA's Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinic at Village Fair, located in a low-income area of South Dallas. The 2013 event brought in $200,000.

Co-chair Cassie Evans told us that she became involved after speaking to Karen Urie, last year's co-chair and SPCA board member. "I would find strays on the street and bring them to the vet to have them spayed or neutered," she said. "It just makes sense to me. Obviously we need to support the shelters, but we need to offer money to the spay and neuter clinics to make it easier for people in South Dallas to do the right thing." 

Evans, who admits to "going undercover" to ensure the clinic is running properly, added, "Our goal is to make the clinic run like a well-oiled machine."

Attendees — including co-chairs Andie Comini and Jane Arrington, honorary chairs Stacy and Don KivowitzDebby and Billy Albright, Tanya Roberts, Dan Forbes, Abraham Salum, LeeAnne Locken, Melissa Rycroft, and Jocelyn White — had an opportunity to bid on more than 150 auction items, from fine jewelry and travel packages to doggie items and spa retreats. They also participated in a cork pull and "Bone Appetite" restaurant raffle.

A magician floated through the packed crowd, literally pulling tricks out of his sleeves. Guests slipped into a photo booth — some decked out with boas and furry hats — to capture a moment amid the revelry.

The Village Fair clinic provides more than 12,000 free and low-cost surgeries and 15,000 health and wellness treatments to dogs and cats in need. Paws Cause provides funds necessary to keep the Village Fair clinic open, enabling people in nearby low-income neighborhoods to bring pets and stray animals in for the necessary treatment.