Models, pets grace catwalk during Rescues and Runways fashion show in Craig
On Saturday, 30 amateur local models strutted the length of an improvised runway in the center of the Centennial Mall in Craig.
The models twirled and posed amid the sounds of thumping bass grooves and barking dogs.
Yes, barking dogs.
The occasion was Maurice’s second annual Rescues and Runways, a fashion show fundraiser for the Humane Society of Moffat County and Craig Animal Shelter.
Several cats and dogs were brought to the show. The dogs were incorporated into the show in hopes of persuading visitors and local residents to adopt pets in need of good homes.
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The event raised more than $600 through cash donations and a silent auction.
Craig resident Sandra Cruczek said the event was a success.
“I absolutely loved it,” she said. “What a neat idea.”
Cruczek particularly liked watching shelter dogs being led down the runway.
“They coped very well,” she said. “This is not a normal scenario for a dog, but I thought they did very well. And the girls handled them very nicely.”
Cruczek ought to know. She runs Total Teamwork Training, a dog training facility in the mall.
Don Williams, president of the Humane Society of Moffat County, also said the event was successful.
“We had fun, and obviously the dogs we were able to bring from the shelter were having a great time,” Williams said.
The show’s other stars fared well, too, Maurice’s Manager Rose Lindquist said.
“I think all the models did great,” Lindquist said.
Katherine Ellis was one of the volunteer models.
Ellis said she was approached by the staff at Maurice’s several weeks before the show.
“They grabbed me as I was walking in the door,” Ellis said. “They were like, ‘Do you want to be in a fashion show?’ I said sure.”
Despite being nervous, Ellis said she enjoyed her stint on the runway.
“It was fun,” she said. “The dog I walked was really nice.”
Williams said that although the crowd was generous, the pets in attendance were not adopted.
“No, today wasn’t one of those types of days,” he said.
Craig resident Kelly Merett said she loved the kittens that were in attendance, but animal adoption wasn’t in the cards for her.
“I’d take them all if I could, but my husband won’t let me be a crazy cat lady,” she said laughing.
The Craig Animal Shelter is currently beyond capacity. The shelter, which can comfortably house 22 dogs and 24 cats, had 26 dogs and 35 cats, as of Thursday.
To help ease overcrowding at the shelter, the Humane Society is pitching in to lower adoption fees. From now until Nov. 15, adoption fees have been lowered from $115 to $60.
“We’re just doing all we can,” Williams said.
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Editor’s note: This story was updated at 6:45 p.m. to include a response from the Bureau of Land Management’s national office.