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Furry formal

Saturday, February 16, 2008 | 6:45 p.m. CST; updated 1:48 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Oliver, a 5-month-old black Labrador Retriever, sits on Kyle Crossman's lap during the event at Columbia Second Chance. Kyle and his wife, Julie, adopted Oliver to be a companion for Bear, their 3-year-old black Labrador/German Shepard mix.

COLUMBIA — The cats and dogs of Columbia Second Chance were dressed to impress Saturday.

The animal shelter hosted “A Formal Affair,” an event to encourage adoption of black dogs and cats.

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“Black dogs and cats tend to go the slowest, so that’s why they get their own special day,” said volunteer Christina McCullen.

Those in attendance were treated to hors d’oeuvres and punch before meeting the furry guests of honor. Many of the animals were dressed in fancy, colored collars decorated with ribbons, beads and tinsel.

The cats, who inhabit their own room at the shelter, were dressed for the occasion in colored crocheted collars, made by one of the volunteers, to make it easier for potential adopters to tell them apart.

“I think the turnout’s been fabulous,” said volunteer Laura Brenner. “We didn’t know how much food to buy. It’s been hopping all day.”

As of 4:30 p.m., two of the shelter’s 10 cats, along with one dog, had been adopted, McCullen said.

Oliver, a 5 month old Labrador Retriever, quickly captured Julie Crossman’s heart.

“I’m a convert. I grew up a cat person, but now I love dogs too,” Crossman said.

“A Formal Affair” will continue from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Columbia Second Chance is located at 205 E. Ash St.


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