2016 Wooftober and Howl-o-ween Pet Adoption and Costume Contest

The Paducah Parks Services Department is holding the fourth annual costume contest for dogs on Saturday, October 29.  Wooftober and Howl-o-ween Pet Adoption and Costume Contest will be held adjacent to the Paducah Dog Park located at Stuart Nelson Park off Park Avenue.  The festivities will be from noon until 4 p.m.  The Dog Park will be open before and after the event to let dogs play. 

Special Events Coordinator Molly Tomasallo says, “We are providing an opportunity for all dog-lovers to come together to show off their favorite canine and advocate for the many dogs still looking for forever homes.  It’s a fun day for dog aficionados of all ages to enjoy puppy breath, pet services, educational information, and a HOWL of a good time as the pups strut their stuff decked out in their Howl-o-ween costumes.”

Tomasallo adds, “If you love dogs, but don’t have your own and would like to rescue a pup in need, or if you have never been to the Paducah Dog Park, now is the chance to check it out.”

Beginning at 2 p.m., participants can register for the Pet Parade and Costume Contest.  There is no charge to enter.  The small dog costume judging parade will be at 2:30 with the large dogs strutting around in their costumes at 3 p.m.  The dogs will be divided into two categories based upon weight with 30 pounds as the dividing weight between small and large dogs.  The awards ceremony will be at 3:30 p.m.

There are six chances to win in each size group.  The awards are the Clowning-Around Award for the funniest costume, the Scaredy-Cat Award for the scariest costume, the Paws-itively Pup-tastic Award for the most gorgeous costume, the Top Dog Award for the best owner and dog costume combo, the Best Dog “Team” Effort Award for owners who have more than two dogs all in costume, and the Hot-dogger Award for the best overall costume.

In addition to the pet parade and costume contest, there will be several animal rescue, educational, and service groups in attendance to provide a variety of pet-related information and services.  Puppies and dogs will be available for adoption. Organizations attending the festival include Unchained Love Pitbull Rescue, Spooky Critters-Jamicha Phelps and the Reptile Refuge, McCracken County Humane Society, Project Hope, Wild Angels Wildlife Rehabilitation, Mary Hall Ruddiman Canine Shelter, Muttropolis, and River’s Edge Veterinary Hospital.  Services available include micro-chipping, pet boarding, grooming and healthcare information.  Dr. Russell Jones with River’s Edge Veterinary Hospital will be providing low cost vaccinations.  William Carter’s Photography, Inc. will be available to take your festive fall pet portrait.  Plus while you are there, enter the free raffle by guessing how many doggie bones are in the jar and participate in several dog games. 

The Wooftober and Howl-O-Ween Pet Adoption and Costume Contest is a family-friendly event for all ages; however, some dogs don’t respond well to new places, children, or other animals.  Please use your best judgment in determining if your pet will enjoy the event.  If you are participating in Wooftober or using the dog park, please make sure to follow the Paducah Dog Park rules including the requirements to keep dogs on leashes until they are inside the dog park enclosure and to clean up after pets using the available doggie bags.  Children under age 15 must be accompanied by an adult.  Also, please do not bring “human” food into the Paducah Dog Park or to Wooftober

The City of Paducah opened the Paducah Dog Park in August 2012.  The park has water, fencing, shelters, gravel parking, and pet waste receptacles.  The park is partitioned into two sections based upon the weight of a dog with 30 pounds as the dividing weight.  The Paducah Dog Park is open seven days a week during the normal hours for Stuart Nelson Park. 

For more information on the upcoming Wooftober event or the Paducah Dog Park, contact Special Events Coordinator Molly Tomasallo at 270-444-8508.  

Release posted October 19, 2016wooftober flyer