The YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts went to the dogs Sunday afternoon in downtown Bay Shore. 

That’s where the stage was set for the much-anticipated Paws for a Cause dog fashion show fundraiser and adoption drive.

The Islip Animal Shelter partnered with Long Island Against Domestic Violence for the big event.

“We’re hosting it to draw attention to the connection between animal abuse and domestic violence,” Jennifer Capezza, the director of development at Long Island Against Domestic Violence, told GreaterBayShore’s Alyssa Vera last week.

The idea is to provide a family-fun event that sets the tone for a serious conversation regarding domestic violence, she said.

That conversation includes addressing factors that can propagate violence.

“Oftentimes, a victim will hesitate to leave [a domestic violence situation] if they can’t take their dog with them. The dog will then become the focus of the abuser’s rage,” Capezza told us.

The dogs Sunday competed in categories that included Most Glamorous, Best Tail Wagger, Best Human/Pet Duo, Most Original Costume and Celebrity Look-a-Like.

Long Island Against Domestic Violence operates a shelter that provides specific needs to each individual domestic violence survivor. 

So when it comes to a dog, the group works with local foster networks to ensure “the dog remains safe in a foster home for the length of the client’s stay with us,” Capezza said.

The organization runs these efforts with this saying in mind:

“No one should have to choose between their own safety and that of their pet.”

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