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'Shampooch' fundraiser benefits animals in need

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ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -

Take dogs, add shampoo, and you've got "Shampooch!" The annual fundraiser in Thornton Park benefits animals in need, but this year, the event will be helping a bunch of celebrities.

Many of the animals at Apopka's C.A.R.E. Foundation once appeared on everything from "The Tonight Show" to Animal Planet and music videos. Those animals, everything from tigers to bears, found themselves homeless after production ended, so C.A.R.E took them in.

"A place like ours shouldn't have to exist. It's sad that we have to be here, and that we need more places like this," says C.A.R.E.'s founder Christin Anne Burford who's excited about what she can do for the animals with the money raised from "Shampooch."

The idea to wash dogs for donations came about several years ago from Lisa Pirillo, the owner of Thornton Park hair salon Lambs Eat Ivy. "We thought who better to wash hair all day long than professional hair dressers? We can handle this!"

C.A.R.E. hopes to expand the habitats for three tigers and several Florida black bears all living at the rescue with the proceeds already topping more than $12,000 dollars. "That would be amazing. That would be just incredible," C.A.R.E.'s Burford told FOX 35. "It is so needed… so it would be a miracle, truly."

If you would like to donate to the big animal rescue, visit: http://www.thecarefoundation.org/

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