Cher Bedazzles A Dog To Help Homeless Pets

The one and only Cher is stepping up to help homeless animals this weekend in the best way she knows how: with outrageous fashions and lots of sparkle! The pop diva is donating this crystal-studded ceramic dog to the Animal Foundation’s Seventh Annual Best in Show event. Decorated with 11,520 Swarovski crystals, the dog will be available for auction, with proceeds going to charity.

The flashy canine was all the singer’s idea, inspired by the glittery, sequined costumes of her current Las Vegas show. And though many Sin City headliners are donating similar works to the auction, Cher is by far the biggest name to participate.

Best in Show is a fund-raiser that showcases 60 dogs available for adoption from the Lied Animal Shelter in Las Vegas. Though it didn’t happen last year, in 2008, the event raised more than $250,000 for charity — and placed 60 pups in loving homes. This year, the event is hosted by ventriloquist and America’s Got Talent winner Terry Fator, with famous Vegas locals like Holly Madison scheduled to appear.
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Homeless Man Reunited With His Cat

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Samantha, the pug-nosed cat, and Daniel Harlan, a homeless man who owned her, were reunited Harlan wept when Tom Neville, who had the missing cat for weeks, gave Samantha back.”I thought I’d lost her for good,” Harlan said.The cat and Harlan got together again after The Chronicle ran a story Tuesday, along with a picture, about the cat’s disappearance. Neville saw it and recognized Samantha as the animal he rescued from life on the streets.

Harlan was convinced his Himalayan cat had been stolen and maybe sold for money. He searched all over for the cat and tried to file a missing cat report with the police and the SPCA, but had no luck.As it turned out, the cat hadn’t been stolen at all, only rescued. As Neville tells it, he was driving to work one rainy morning and spotted a wet and bedraggled cat tied on a leash under the freeway at a homeless encampment near Eighth and Brannan streets. Dogs were nearby and, to a stranger, the cat’s situation looked desperate.
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Homeless Man Offers Reward For Missing Cat

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Daniel Harlan, a slight man with a wispy beard going gray, is just another face in the crowd in San Francisco. He is homeless, a street panhandler. Most people wouldn’t give him a second glance except for his constant companion, a pug-nosed Himalayan cat named Samantha.The cat made him stand out among panhandlers. Now the cat is gone. Stolen, Harlan thinks.

Harlan is 58. He has had a tough life: You can see it on his face, and the cat is probably his only friend in the world.”It’s the only thing he really cares about,” said Harlan’s brother, Stephen Kent, a rancher who lives in Oklahoma.Somebody took Harlan’s cat Friday from a homeless encampment under a freeway off-ramp near Eighth and Harrison streets. Harlan had gone off to buy some food for himself and Samantha at a nearby store with money he’d gotten panhandling. He left the cat on a leash tied to his tent. “Somebody just untied the leash and took her,” he said Monday. “I was only gone for a few minutes, and when I got back she was gone.”
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