On June 10, 2017, The Gabby Wild Foundation hosted Catwalk for Canines, an ethical and eco-friendly fashion show at the Southampton Social Club in Southampton, New York. The fashion show served as a fundraiser to benefit the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation.
The fashion show featured models and canines. All clothing displayed during the fashion show were sustainable and ethically produced. The show featured clothing from Daiá; Barbara D’Altoè’s fashion house, Maison Ròde; Marita Wrong; MXN Clothing; and Pelush. The designs exhibited well-tailored, ready-to-wear, and couture fashion looks.
The event also included a silent auction and raffle. Raffle funds raised during the event supported The Gabby Wild Foundation’s conservation efforts such as rainforest reforestation, camera trap monitoring systems and 24/7 eco-guard employment of the critically endangered Sumatran Tiger, Sumatran Elephant, and Sumatran Rhino. All funds from ticket sales directly supported the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation.
In addition to raising funds for the Southampton Animal Shelter, the mission of Catwalk for Canines was to raise awareness of the shelters’ welfare initiatives and curb euthanasia rates of among dogs. It was also to bring about more awareness for ethical and sustainable fashion practices.