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Easter Bonnet Parade Goes to the Dogs at McP’s and PAWS Yappy Hour

Most Unique: Sparkle and her human, Jeanne Patten (Photo courtesy of Rodney Lobato)

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PAWS of Coronado recently teamed up with McP’s Irish Pub once again for a great cause. The goal? To raise money to help fund the care of countless homeless animals in Coronado’s animal shelter. What better way to do so than to enjoy some good grub, grog, and goofy animal costumes at the 2019 Easter Bonnet Parade!

Four years ago PAWS of Coronado and McP’s Irish Pub discovered that they shared something in common. That commonality is a love for animals. It was because of this passion that the two beloved establishments joined together and started hosting “Yappy Hour.”

Best Owner and Pet Duo: Mary Jane and her human, Carissa Musaraca (Photo courtesy of Rodney Lobato)

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Yappy Hour is held at McP’s Irish Pub on the last Wednesday of every month, year-round. McP’s contributes 10 percent of all proceeds earned between the hours of 5pm and 7pm on those evenings toward PAWS. Not just 10 percent of all appetizer sales, not just 10 percent of sales when the event is mentioned, but all sales. It doesn’t get much better than that. That is, of course, until you decide to add pets in costumes to the mix! Caroline Haines, a member of PAWS’ board of directors, did just that.

McP’s has been hosting the PAWS Easter Bonnet event for a few years now and it has been quite the success. The team has held a similar contest for Halloween for the past four years so they decided to expand upon that idea. While attending one of these events, you can expect to see some of Coronado’s finest pups dressed in their Easter Sunday best and almost always to match their owners. “It’s not just limited to dogs,” asserts Caroline. “We’ve had a snake, we’ve had people bring their cats…I really encourage that it’s a pet contest.” These family pets strut their stuff through the crowded patio like Fabio in his prime while the crowd cheers and enjoys their libations. Simply put, it’s an evening of family fun that supports a worthy cause.

Easter Bonnet Judges Panel: Charles Crehore, Yana Aldridge, and CPD Chief Charles Kaye.

The Easter Bonnet fundraising evening, along with other fundraisers, help to keep Coronado PAWS up and running. “The money goes to medication, food, and veterinarian bills,” noted Caroline. She then adds, “on Wednesday, at the last minute, nine kittens came in [to the animal care facility] with their umbilical cords still attached.” PAWS is definitely in no shortage of animals in need so every little bit helps.

Donating money isn’t the only thing you can do to make a difference in these animals’ lives. PAWS is always looking for volunteers to help out in a number of different ways. You can sign up to assist at the shelter, be a dog walker, and you can even sign up to simply pet cats. “The sacrifice and the commitment to these animals is unbelievable at this organization,” exclaims Caroline, and anyone that has set foot inside PAWS will agree.

The 2019 Easter Bonnet Parade has come and gone, but up next is a PAWS Cinco de Mayo adoption event where you just might find your next furry companion. PAWS will also once again be walking in Coronado’s 4th of July parade and will be looking for people with dogs rescued from PAWS that would like to be a part of it. So, why not lend a “paw” and help out? I, for one, look forward to seeing you at the next Yappy Hour!

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Kyle McCarty
Kyle McCarty
During his 13 years as a Naval Aviation Rescue Swimmer, Kyle’s naval career brought him to NAS North Island in 2008 in which he eventually moved to Coronado in 2014. Although originally from Texas, he now considers Coronado to be home after his retirement in 2015. Kyle is a Communication major with a passion for writing, teaching, helping others, and public speaking. In his free time, he enjoys coaching baseball, game nights, his Jeep, and camping with his family. Have news to share? Send tips, story ideas or letters to the editor to:


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