Dogs and dog-lovers trick-or-treat at Woof-O-Ween



IMPERIAL — The Humane Society of Imperial County held its annual Woof-O-Ween Halloween carnival, Saturday night, and offered a variety of fun and entertainment for Valley residents and their faithful canine companions. Fitness Oasis Health Club and Spa in Imperial played host to a night filled with food, games, and the most adorable dogs dressed in wacky, fun, and scary Halloween costumes.  Many of the owners in attendance adopted their dogs from the Humane Society.

The main highlight of the event was the people who dressed their dogs in Halloween costumes and brought them along. Owners were also encouraged to dress up, especially if it would match their dogs. Some of the dog/owner costumes included a police officer and a prisoner, Rey and BB-8 from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, matching Wonder Woman costumes, the Target dog and a Target employee, the Joker and Harley Quinn.

The event held a costume contest towards the end where dozens of dog owners and their dogs entered in hopes of bringing home a trophy as a memento of the night. The costumes were judged in the following categories: scariest, funniest, most creative, and pet/owner combo.

Woof-O-Ween was more than just a Halloween carnival; the event was a fundraiser to benefit the Humane Society of Imperial County. Dalia Rodriguez is the owner of Fitness Oasis Health Club and Spa and the president of the Humane Society of Imperial County. Dalia’s fitness center has been the venue of choice for Woof-O-Ween for four years.

“Initially, of course, it’s a fundraising event. We want the community to know that the Humane Society is here to serve them, but at the same time, we need funding to do that,” said Rodriguez.

The Humane Society of Imperial County is a no-kill shelter, which means they require generous funding in order to provide medical care, food, and shelter for each animal, as well as rescue groups. Woof-O-Ween is one of many fundraisers the Humane Society holds in order to help animals in need of love, care, and shelter. Besides fundraising, events such as Woof-O-Ween raise awareness about pet adoption. The Humane Society shelters many animals who are homeless with no family to love and nurture them. They enourage Valley residents to adopt and welcome these fur babies  into their homes as opposed to buying them from breeders.

“We encourage people to adopt. We encourage people not to buy,” said Rodriguez.

Imperial resident Mandy Quezada was one who came to Woof-O-Ween on Saturday. Quezada brought along her black French bulldog, Jack, who was dressed up as Batman. Although Jack was not adopted from the Humane Society, she does own a pitbull boxer that she adopted two years ago. Like many others who came to the event, Quezada was in full support for the Humane Society and their mission to home helpless animals in the Valley.

“I think it’s [the Humane Society] a good organization, you know, they’re here trying to help support dogs and get donations from the community and hopefully these dogs will find good homes,” said Quezada.

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