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Almost Home Foundation holds fashion fundraiser

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  • Kianna was the princess at the Almost Home Foundation fashion fundraiser in Bloomingdale. The fundraiser pays for expensive veterinary treatments, like the ones given to Kianna, who has since died of cancer.

    Kianna was the princess at the Almost Home Foundation fashion fundraiser in Bloomingdale. The fundraiser pays for expensive veterinary treatments, like the ones given to Kianna, who has since died of cancer.
    Photo by Purr Photography

  • Grace Beifuss shows off Foxy at the Almost Home Foundation fashion fundraiser held last month in Bloomingdale.

    Grace Beifuss shows off Foxy at the Almost Home Foundation fashion fundraiser held last month in Bloomingdale.
    Photo by Purr Photography

 
Daily Herald report

The Almost Home Foundation last month held its third annual luncheon and fashion show fundraiser featuring people and dogs in Bloomingdale.

There were 23 volunteers who worked on everything from getting raffle prizes, to putting on makeup for the models and fixing their hair, making dog clothing and coordinating the models with adoptable dogs.

Some of the 14 adoptable dogs came from the group's kennel in Elk Grove Village and some from their foster homes. There were 10 models ranging in age from 18 to 66, some professional and some who just wanted to help the cause. All the attendees received swag bags.

Kianna was the princess of the fashion show, dressed elaborately for the event. She was found by police after being dumped at around age 8.

She had a sweet temperament and was gentle with kids and dogs. She had been used for breeding. She had been given a C-section, which was badly done and she had an infection, according to Marilee Alsip, event coordinator.

Almost Home took her to the hospital many times and chose a single mom with an 8-year-old son to adopt her.

But when she went to the hospital to be spayed, a malignant growth that had spread was found. Almost Home took her to a cancer specialist for dogs, but earlier this month she died.

The fundraiser brought in $6,900 before expenses, helping fund veterinary treatments for dogs like Kianna, whose tail never stopped wagging, even at end, according to Alsip.

Almost Home Foundation is a nonprofit, no-kill animal rescue funded solely by private donations serving the Northwest suburbs and surrounding areas. The foundation has no paid employees. It rescues more than 1,000 animals every year and takes care of all their medical needs.

Visit www.almosthomefoundation.org to see pictures of puppies, dogs, kittens and cats waiting to be adopted.

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