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    October 29, 2019

    IMPERIAL — The Humane Society of Imperial County hosted ‘Woof-O-Ween’ Saturday, October 26, at Fitness Oasis Health Club & Spa, providing Halloween festivities, pony rides, costume contests, and donations opportunities to shelter and decrease the homeless population among animals in the Imperial Valley.

    Guests had the opportunity to enjoy food and drinks and get information on the many local businesses focusing on animal care.


    Fitness Oasis owner Dalia Rodriguez began the 2019 costume contest in which dog owners have the opportunity to present their costumes to the audience. Prizes are awareded for Scariest Costume, Most Creative Costume, and Funniest Costume. Twenty plus animal parents presented their pet’s outfit along with their own, bringing laughs and "Aww"s from the audience as they watched the many human-canine costume duos presented.

    The winner for funniest costume was Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy; the scariest costume was awarded to The Mummy Duo, and Loofah & Shower Girl won for Most Creative.


    “We do this every year as a nonprofit; our main goal is to raise money for the shelter,” said Devon Apodaca, executive director of the Humane Society of Imperial County. “There’s a lot of ways people can sponsor: they can give cash donations, donate raffle items which can consist of goods and equipment, and all the money goes to these pets so they can have a home.”

    A family-oriented event, Apodaca is proud to say Woof-O-Ween has been growing thanks to the support of the community.

    “It feels great. There’s a huge homeless pet population in this Valley and events like this gives animals in our community a chance for a new home.”

    Stephanie Garcia, Reporter, The Desert Review