Celebrate Halloween with the Arizona Humane Society

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The Arizona Humane Society and North Mountain Brewing Company are hosting “Pawgo-ween”, an event celebrating halloween Oct. 20. One of the main events is a costume runway show for dogs.

The Arizona Humane Society will host its annual Pawgo-ween event Oct. 20, at the North Mountain Brewing Company in Phoenix. This Halloween celebration will take place from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. and is the last of the Arizona Humane Society’s DogtoberAZ celebrations for the month.

The main event of Pawgo-ween is a canine costume contest and runway show which will include a professional photograph with the participating pet and owner, courtesy of a Humane Society volunteer. There is a $5 entry fee for the contest, and the three best costumes of the evening will receive prizes. However, admission into the event itself and parking for the event is completely free.

The event will also include a variety of vendor booths for local pet products and businesses, dog costumes and Dogtober merchandise, as well as a van which will offer $10 nail clips. All the proceeds from the event will go directly to the Arizona Humane Society.

The lead coordinator of the event, Mary Hetrick, said that one especially anticipated feature of the event will be, “a special beer release from North Mountain Brewery called ‘Ask a Vet,’” which will make its debut on the day of the event and will help to give the event the “Oktoberfest atmosphere” that they are seeking. The name “Ask a Vet” refers to the actual veterinary practitioners that will be volunteering, and will offer a, “free instant five-minute consultation and get any questions that are troubling you answered,” according to the Pawgo website.

Lori Kodofakas, who has visited many of the Humane Society’s fundraising and adoption events with her own adopted dog, Romie, believes strongly in their effect. Kodofakas is a major advocate for animal welfare, and emphasizes the impact donating to the organization has on the animals involved.

“I don’t like when the shelters have to put down the animals, although I understand it’s sometimes necessary. If we can prevent that as much as possible, however, it’s only a positive thing. Those donations help with that tremendously,” Kodofakas said.

In 2018, the Arizona Humane Society raised over $25.6 million dollars, 70 percent of the funds went to housing, feeding, and providing medical services to shelter animals and needy pets.

According to their 2018 Impact Report, the Arizona Humane Society reported nearly 20,000 pets that received veterinary care, 11,000 who were treated at Second Chance Animal Trauma Hospital, and nearly 12,000 adoptable pets that found new homes. This level of success was thanks to the nearly 800,000 individuals who were reached through the various fundraisers and community events that were hosted by the Humane Society, much like this year’s Pawgo-ween and the other Halloween events of the season.

The donations the Arizona Humane Society receives every year helps them save lives, continue their teaching programs, and expand the housing units to accommodate more homeless animals than ever before. Not only are these occasions beneficial for the organization financially, but they are also great community-building tools for pet-lovers and volunteers alike.