The Humane Rescue Alliance presented the 30th Annual Bark Ball at the Washington Hilton June 17 with NBC, News4 Anchor Wendy Rieger as emcee. The costumed canines, many honoring the “masquerade” theme, proudly escorted their people and were rewarded with an amply stocked bark bar. Behavior at dinner in the ballroom was exemplary. The evening honored Bark Ball founder Diana Bulger, who envisioned not just a gala to benefit dogs, but a gala for dogs. Former Sen. Robert Dole’s adopted Leader Dole served as the first celebrity Honor Dog Chair. The HRA protects animals, supports families and advocates for positive change where all animals can thrive.