The Oklahoma Alliance for Animals (OAA) hosted its annual Fur Ball fundraising event on March 8, and it brought in a lot of supporters. Among those attending the ball was country singer Carrie Underwood.
"We had over 350 people, more than 100 more than we normally have," Jamee Suarez, president of the OAA, told Tulsa World. "It was excellent. I can't say it could have gone any better."
Underwood attended the ball to support Happy Paws Animal Shelter, the pet center in her hometown of Checotah. Happy Paws received an award recognizing the work of its spay and neuter program. Though OAA staff knew Underwood was going to attend the event, they kept the news secret to prevent too many people from attending the ball, which took place at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Tulsa.
The Fur Ball was country western themed this year and raised over $100,000 for various OAA causes. The group partners with other animal welfare programs to fight overpopulation and aid animal rescue efforts.
"It takes a lot of money to help animals; it's really expensive," Suarez told News On 6.
Supporters paid $100 to attend the event, and many brought their shelter pets along. A famous rescue dog that's appeared on several shows joined the party – Platty is known for a growth on his snout.
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