Four-legged models at fundraiser

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There will be dogs on the catwalk, silent auctions and fashion for sale at the SPCA Central Otago branch fundraiser next week, and local residents are encouraged to support the night to help the branch expand its shelter.

Held next Wednesday at the Alexandra District Club, the night will consist of a fashion parade before audience members have the chance to buy the items.

Central Otago SPCA co-ordinator Shirlene Steel said the parade would show off new clothes, shoes and accessories donated to the op shop in town.

But the catwalk will not only be limited to models, as rehomed dogs and pooches still looking for a forever home will also strut their stuff.

The event follows the success of last year’s inaugural parade, which raised $5000 towards upgrading the shelter in Earnscleugh.

This time around, funds raised would go towards establishing a small animal shelter in town, which would take the pressure off the current space and make it more accessible for volunteers, she said.

There had been an increase in the number of dogs being taken into SPCA care, she said, due in part to people moving into the area but being unable to find rental accommodation that allowed pets.

“It’s upsetting because they’ve often been family pets for a long time.”

The lack of rental options for people with pets was a nationwide issue, she said.

“It’s not just us. It’s across the board.”

There were also ongoing issues with feral cat populations in the area, which added to the lack of space in the shelter, she said.

The fashion parade will start at 6.30pm on Wednesday, September 6. Tickets are $20 and include a drink and nibbles. The night will also feature a raffle, silent auction and entertainment. For more information or to buy a ticket, visit the SPCA Op Shop in Limerick St.