Dog owners are invited to have a paws-itively good time while supporting a purr-fect cause at the pet-friendly Halloween fest at Dogwood Park & Daycare.
Howlin’ Halloween will take place Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will include pet costume contests, musical performances, a doggie fortune-telling booth, a chance drawing and several food trucks. Admission is $11 a dog plus $3 per additional pet.
Earth Pets Treat Truck will also serve dog treats, including all-natural beef and chicken entrees, ice cream, frozen yogurt and nonalcoholic beer.
A portion of the admission sales will benefit No More Homeless Pets: Operation PetSnip, a low-cost spay and neuter clinic. All dogs must have proof of rabies vaccination and must be spayed or neutered to enter the park.
“We want to spread awareness that spaying and neutering actually saves lives,” said Sandi Richmond, executive director of No More Homeless Pets.
Leigh Markowitz, a 19-year-old UF English sophomore and president of Gators Assisting Pets, the organization sponsoring the event, said the event’s goal is to raise $2,000.
Contests include scariest costume, funniest costume, best pet-owner look-alike and best trick.
A version of this story ran on page 4 on 10/24/2013 under the headline "Weekend Halloween fest to draw decked-out dogs in costumes"