"Pawject Runway" for BARCS

Taylor Hitaffer, Jay Hitaffer (center) and Joe Livermore The bars -- inside and outside -- at Canton's Bay Cafe were recently packed with folks for Pawject Runway, not your usual fashion show. Many of the tough guys who had been featured in the "Show Your Soft Side" anti-animal abuse ad campaign walked the runway with adoptable cats and dogs from BARCS. As guests filled the spaces downstairs, upstairs the models were greeted by event co-chairs Melanie and Butch Hansen and Sande Riesett, "Show Your Soft Side" campaign creator. The models also took some time to get acquainted with their four-legged runway partners. Huge athletes and tatted-out rockers played with the pooches and cuddled the kitties. "It melts my heart. It really does," said Jennifer Brause, BARCS executive director. "Because they look big and tough but then ... you see their kindness and how gentle they are." A few steps away, Dan Root, professional MMA fighter and avowed cat lover, proved Brause's point as he rocked a tiny black-and-white kitten in his tattoo-covered arms. "No one's taking the cat away," he growled protectively. If you are planning a fundraising party you would like considered for Scene & Heard coverage, email sloane@sloanebrown.com.
Karen Jackson, For The Baltimore Sun
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