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Three-year-old daschund Fin sports a green loopy creation backstage prior to taking part in the "Patterns for Paws" charity dog fashion show in the West Hollywood, Calif., on Thursday, July 15.
updated 7/19/2010 5:48:22 PM ET 2010-07-19T21:48:22

What do you do when a rescue needs rescuing?

When you're in Beverly Hills, you call an interior designer — or several. Then call stars from "Glee," "NCIS," "The Dog Whisperer," and "True Blood." Add the leading man on Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance," dozens of dogs and have a sold-out fashion show.

Stars walked with strays on the runway, trying to find homes for the animals. The well dressed wore doggy couture made from the latest fabrics created by the interior designers called Patterns for Paws, who hosted the show on behalf of a struggling animal rescue, The Amanda Foundation.

Gleek Jenna Ushkowitz ended the show at the Pacific Design Center with her signature "True Colors."

"My animals keep me sane. They are my life," NCIS's tattooed Pauley Perrette said on the red carpet made of green grass, holding a puppy in need of adopting.

Perrette spent 10 years volunteering for The Amanda Foundation, a 34-year-old animal rescue that has seen private donations drop 70 percent this year. The night's profits will all go to the rescue, which saves dogs and cats in their last hours from the county's 28 shelters.

Her escort on the runway was a three-legged terrier mix named Astaire, who needs a home.

"Every single person on our show has animals and pretty much all of them are rescues," she said. "We are all animal fanatics."

Nigel Lythgoe, an "American Idol" pioneer and producer, executive producer and judge for "So You Think You Can Dance," was the emcee.

"Literally, in the last three weeks, I adopted two dogs," he said to hoots and barks from the crowd. "For the first time in my life, I am newly divorced and I was looking for companionship. My ex-wife Bonnie thought I was crazy to take on two dogs — and one of the dogs was named Bonnie. So I've got another woman who doesn't listen to me now."

Stars who walked the runway Thursday night included HBO comedian Bill Maher, Tina Sinatra and Kristin Bauer of HBO's "True Blood," whose runway companion, a terrier mix named Sinjin, wore a Los Angeles Lakers jacket signed by Luke Walton, a kerchief signed by Kobe Bryant and a leash signed by Lamar Odom.

Ticket sales brought in $30,000, a design center spokeswoman said, and they hoped to raise as much as $20,000 on the silent auction. It won't bail the rescue out of its donation hole, but it will make a good dent, Ellen Rubin said.

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    MATT LAUER, co-host: We're back now at 8:48 with the overwhelming response to a story that first aired on " NBC Nightly News " over this past weekend. It's about some of the innocent victims of the disaster in the gulf, the animals, and how many of you are stepping up to give them loving homes. Here's NBC 's Michelle Kosinski .

    MICHELLE KOSINSKI reporting: They almost do speak for themselves, the puppies looking for their playmates, the soulful eyes of faithful friends more accustomed to beds than cages. There's frisky Alex , shy Meadow .

    Ms. BETH BREWSTER (St. Bernard Parish Animal Shelter): She came in with her two puppies because her owner couldn't afford to keep them any longer.

    KOSINSKI: And big Benny .

    Unidentified Woman #1: That's OK, Benny , there's somebody out there that wants you.

    KOSINSKI: It all started in May, hundreds of owners started heart-wrenchingly handing over their pets.

    Ms. BREWSTER: I just keep thinking that it's going to end soon and it just doesn't.

    KOSINSKI: Well, now something has changed thanks to you, our viewers, who saw these faces in the story we aired on NBC News Saturday, and the phones started ringing. Full of second chances.

    Unidentified Woman #2: The Chihuahua , his name is Lucky .

    KOSINSKI: Now Lucky really is. Meadow was terrified, now headed home with a new best friend.

    Ms. AMBER DESHAZO (Adopted Meadow): She looked sad, like she needed a home, she needed someone to love her, like she missed her family.

    KOSINSKI: By far, the biggest crowd pleasers have been these little puff balls, purebred Maltese puppies brought in only days old with their mother. Now, though, they've been getting dozens of calls to adopt them from as far away as Massachusetts . And Benny , 130 pounds of sweetness, yes, now someone really does want him. Ten people, in fact, a waiting list for the dog who had to be downsized out of his owner's apartment. An outpouring from around the country making all the difference to the huge hearts and little bodies.

    Ms. NICOLE BOUDREAUX (Adopted Marley): I just want them to know that he's going to be well taken care of. And I know he's a handful, but we can handle it.

    KOSINSKI: For TODAY, Michelle Kosinski , NBC News, Violet, Louisiana.

    MEREDITH VIEIRA, co-host: How can you resist, you know?


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