Dress Up Your Pet for the Halloween Costume Parade at the So. Ocean County Animal Facility
(Manahawkin) – It’s been a tradition for the past 12 years and this Halloween season the Fall Furfest and Pet Costume Parade is once again the purr-fect place for residents and their four-legged friends to strut their stuff. The 12th Annual Fall Furfest and Halloween Pet Costume Parade are being held at the Southern Ocean County Animal Facility in Manahawkin on Saturday, October 26, 2019.
“This event is just so much fun for the whole family. Seeing all the pets dressed up in so many unique and creative costumes will make your day and get you in the Halloween spirit,” describes Ocean County Freeholder Gerry P. Little, liaison to the Ocean County Board of Health.
If you plan on joining the FurFest fun, it all gets underway at 1 P.M. on October 26, 2019. The Pet Costume Parade will begin registering contestants at 1 P.M. sharp, with the parade and judging of the costumes getting underway at 1:30 P.M.
“The costumes just seem to get better and better every year. Dozens of residents come out for this event and they really spend a lot of time getting creative and finding unique costumes for their pet,” explains Daniel E. Regenye, Ocean County Health Department (OCHD) Public Health Coordinator.
The Halloween Costume Parade will feature prizes and ribbons in the following categories; Scariest, Cutest, Funniest, Most Original and Best in Show! Everyone that comes out will also receive a free door prize.
“The Southern Ocean County Animal Facility (SOCAF) really appreciates how the community really comes out to support this event every year. We have not only dogs in costume, but we are now seeing other family pets like cats, goats, ducks and many others furry friends all dressed up to compete,” says Patricia McCallum, SOCAF Manager.
The event is also a great opportunity to showcase all the wonderful cats and dogs the Ocean Animal Facilities has that are available for adoption. Every dog and cat adopted from the Ocean County Animal Facilities receives a veterinary exam, age-appropriate vaccinations, is spayed/neutered, and microchipped.
“We also like to include many of our shelter pets in the fun by dressing them up as well. If you know of someone interested in adopting a cat or dog please bring them to the event,” shares Mary Alano, OCAF Manager. “Overall, it’s just a great day to celebrate our county’s animal lovers and all these beautiful pets and the joy they bring to us.”
The Fall Furfest and Halloween Pet Costume Parade are hosted by the Southern Ocean County Animal Facility, operated under the care of the Ocean County Health Department. The Southern Ocean County Animal Facility is located at 360 Haywood Road in Manahawkin.
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