Attendees of the Humane Rescue Alliance’s annual Bark Ball turned out on Saturday night at the Washington Hilton in their black-tie best — and that’s including the four-legged guests, some of whom sported natty ties and glamorous pearls.

VIPs of the human variety included former senators Bob and Elizabeth Dole, and animal activist and wife of Nationals ace pitcher Max Scherzer, Erica May-Scherzer. But the most in-demand partygoer might have been Cyrus, a 10-year-old Newfoundland dog, who proved that drooling at a fancy gala only helps make you a crowd favorite.

Belly rubs and canine treats weren’t the only perks of the evening, though — it raised more than $700,000 for the organization, which operates pet-adoption centers and advocates for animals.