Friday, April 12, 2024

A Spooktacular Howl-O-Ween with PAWS – Music, Puppuccinos and Costumed Pets

PAWS volunteers at the howl-o-ween event.

On Saturday, October 21, the Pacific Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) hosted their annual Howl-o-ween event to kick off the spooky season. The paws-itively adorable afternoon drew members of the Coronado community, North Park, Ocean Beach, and Point Loma alike to support the PAWS organization and cheer on everyone’s furry friends as they were “unleashed” on the red carpet.

Since its inception in 2003, Dorothy “Louise” Shirey’s PAWS has rehabilitated hundreds of animals and found them their “furever” homes. Events like Howl-o-ween serve to continue the PAWS mission and shelter Coronado’s abandoned and displaced animals. Held at the Coronado Ferry Landing, Howl-o-ween attendees were in for a treat: the costume contest categories were broken up with acoustic tunes by musician Colin Dooling, the Coronado Coffee Cart offered Puppuccino (whipped cream) cups to relieve dogs from the day’s heat, “Bark and Stormy” drinks were sold for adults, and a silent auction of items donated from Coronado Ferry Landing businesses helped earn PAWS proceeds for their high-quality medical care services. Even a few adoptable pups, like April, wagged their way down the red carpet.

While every dog earned its bone, so to speak, there were three who reigned supreme for the panel of local judges (Dean Eckenroth, Andrew Hutchens, and Chris Foote). The winners were: The Fearless Flying Fritzle for the Small Animal category, Cinnabella Buns and her owner for the Spookiest Owner & Pet Duo, and Mia for the Large Animal category. Of the event’s success, Sr. Manager of Fund Development Jennifer Stein shared, “PAWS of Coronado is immensely grateful for the local support of our community, volunteers, and participants.” Congratulations to the winners and happy Halloween weekend, Coronado!

The champions of Howl-o-ween, from left to right: the Fearless Flying Fritzle, Mia, and Cinnabella Buns and her owner.

Looking to volunteer, foster, donate to, or adopt with PAWS? Reach out at 619-435-8247 or visit them onsite at 1395 First Street. Currently adoptable pets can be viewed here as well.

Caroline Minchella
Caroline Minchella
Caroline was 15 years old when her family moved to Coronado. Though she was a “transplant”, Caroline found a home in the Coronado community near-immediately: she became an intern for “The Coronado Times”; helped reinstate the CHS newspaper, “The Islander Times”; was a volunteer dog-walker for PAWS; and a faithful Concert in the Park attendee.After completing her BA in English at the University of California Santa Barbara, she went on to craft answers for Amazon Alexa devices and write creatively on the side. Fast forward seven years, Caroline is thrilled to return as a Reporter for “The Coronado Times.” Have a story for The Coronado Times to cover? Send news tips or story ideas to: [email protected]

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