RENO, NV -- Animal lovers stepping out in their their best denim to support homeless pets. The Nevada Humane Society has held its first Blue Jeans Ball to raise money for its mission.
It's one of the Nevada Humane Society's biggest fundraisers of the year to help homeless animals in northern Nevada, but the dress code for this ball is cocktail country--no suits and ties required.
"We wanted to do something different to sort of separate our event from the other events," Nikole Nichols, NHS community programs managers, said.
The ball featured a reception, dinner, silent auction and raffles to raise funds. All the proceeds from the ball go directly to the care and feeding of the animals in the shelter.
Among those animal lovers were Mayor Bob Cashell of Reno and Mayor Geno Martini of Sparks, who were the guests of honor Saturday evening.
"We don't want to see dogs running around the neighborhood, cats, stray cats and dogs," Mayor Martini said. "We hope we can take them in, get them adopted so we don't have to put them away or euthanize them."
"The animals didn't ask to come into this world and we need to take care of them, they're defenseless and we got to help them," Mayor Cashell said.
The no-kill nonprofit organization claims that 93% of the animals leave the shelter alive
"If you go to the shelter you can just see they need to be loved in their little cage and they start to lose their hope after a while," Melody Buckley, a ball guest, said.
"There's nothing better than to snuggle up to your pooch or cat," Mayor Cashell added.