In early March, Duo Dogs hosted A Fetching Affair at The Chase Park Plaza in St. Louis’ Central West End neighborhood. The sold-out evening event began with a cocktail reception, a silent auction and other fundraising initiatives to support the organization and raised a record-setting $470,000. Proceeds from it go toward helping those who need the support of assistance dogs. TV personality Kelly Jackson from KSDK served as the special guest host. Duo Dogs trains and connects assistance dogs to people with certain physical, emotional and social needs, “creating a dynamic, life-enhancing duo,” according to the organization.
“Duo Dogs’ A Fetching Affair is a fun way to celebrate all of the champions who support Duo’s mission: our donors, sponsors, volunteers, staff and, of course, the stars of the night – our dogs," says Debbie Caplin, president of the organization's board of directors. "Our assistance and facility dogs provide independence and reassurance for those with physical or emotional challenges, and our touch teams bring friendly furry faces to places where people need extra comfort, like hospitals and nursing homes. We’re changing lives, one dog at a time.”