MASON CITY — Wearing a zebra print outfit with a furry collar, Shyla strutted down the runway Sunday afternoon happily greeting people along the way.

Shyla, a terrier/Chihuahua mix, was one of the animal models during the Humane Society of North Iowa’s seventh annual Chocolate and Romance event at the Clarion Inn, Mason City.

“It’s a fun event,” said Sybil Soukup, executive director of the Humane Society. “It’s a fashion show for humans and dogs and now cats.”

The fundraiser included wine tasting, silent auction, chocolate buffet and a fashion show, which included human models and canine and feline models available for adoption at the Humane Society.

Other furry models included Keno, a cocker spaniel wearing a suit and hat; Landon, a terrier wearing a blue shirt, and Sophie, a golden retriever/Brittany spaniel mix puppy wearing a red dress.

Goldie, a golden retriever who was neglected but saved, was expected to make an appearance. However, Soukup said the shelter decided mid-week it wouldn’t be in Goldie’s best interest.

“She’s a very active and outgoing dog,” Soukup said. “It would be too overwhelming. We did not want to set back her recovery.”

Soukup said Goldie continues to recover and has gained 7 pounds.

The shelter manager also continues to interview applicants to adopt Goldie and started the process of having them visit her in person, she said.

“It’s a process we go through with all of the adoptions, but especially with Goldie we’re taking our time,” Soukup said.

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