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Guests, four-legged friends pack Jefferson for annual Fur Ball

Posted at 2:28 AM, Nov 08, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-08 02:28:06-05

RICHMOND, Va. – Nearly 400 guests and 50 of their four-legged friends gathered at the Jefferson Saturday evening for the 17th annual Fur Ball.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who brought along his pets, was the honorary chairman for the event.

The night included dancing, food, live music and an auction. And there was even a parade of pets down the Jefferson’s grand staircase.

The Fur Ball is the Richmond SPCA’s largest fundraiser and  supports the "Cinderella Fund," a rehabilitation program for sick and homeless animals.

“The Richmond SPCA takes into its care about 3700 homeless animals each year. Of that number about 2900 are sick or injured when they come to us,” said Robin Starr, CEO of Richmond SPCA. “So we need a lot of money in order to rehabilitate them, provide them with veterinary care and get them well, so we can get them adopted.”

WTVR CBS 6 anchor/reporter Greg McQuade was once again  the event's emcee.

Three dogs the SPCA rescued from South Carolina after historic flooding were also in attendance .

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