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‘The Nutcracker’ at Fort Wayne Ballet features adoptable animals

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21)- A local partnership allows kittens and puppies to be adopted at the Fort Wayne Ballet's production of 'The Nutcracker'.

The ballet has been partnering with Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control for ten years. Joni Dick, a volunteer said through the partnership animals always find their forever homes.

"Between our community members and the people in the ballet and actually the people in the Philharmonic, they've all adopted animals through the years," Dick said.

Dick was able to be apart of the nutcracker production and bring the different animals on stage.

"It's so fun to watch backstage and watch all the dancers and to be able to be apart of this," Dick said.

She says the cast and crew and all the guests love to see the animals.

"It's fun to see little girls and little boys come up and they all look adorable and little girls can twirl for you and they ask to get pictures which makes you feel like a princess,"

After they appear on stage the animals can be adopted by anyone who came to the performance that night. 104 dogs and 17 cats have already been adopted so far.

"Everyone here is so welcoming to get dogs and cats homes and it starts from the top on down," Dick said.

'The Nutcracker' has more performances Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm at the Arts United Theater.

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