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A Lambertville Tradition: Annual Halloween Pet Masquerade Benefits Animal Alliance

new hope free pressLambertville certainly goes all out in celebrating Halloween each year, and one of the city’s favorite events is the Animal Alliance’s Annual Halloween Pet Masquerade, now in its 12th year.

This time around, the costumed pet parade will held on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Mary Sheridan Park. Participating pooches proceed down York Street in creative costumes ranging from “spooky to tropical, and cast their spell on the judges to win coveted prizes,” including “Best in Show.”

This year, the Animal Alliance is honored to welcome local canine Presidential Candidate Callie, from Lambertville’s Homestead Farm Market.

“She is running on the Canine Ticket, and will be leading the parade with her recently announced Vice Presidential running mate, Rocky the Yorkie,” say organizers.

Canine Candidate Callie.

Canine Candidate Callie.

And, to top it off, Animal Alliance is offering a $15 HomeAgain microchip special in honor of their 15th anniversary (normally retail: $100-$150).

“The microchip will be quickly and easily implanted by a veterinarian or vet nurse, and is available to any one attending the parade as a participant or spectator,” say event promoters. “Parade attendees who wish to microchip their pet at a later date can purchase a voucher for $15 to be redeemed at Animal Alliance’s Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic in Lambertville.”

For those not familiar with the event, pet owners, their costumed companions, friends, family and spectators come each year from all around Lambertville and New Hope to help raise funds for Animal Alliance, a Lambertville based, non-profit animal welfare agency.

The event features friendly competition, food, vendors and activities. Registration begins at 11:15 a.m., costs $15, and the first 75 registrants receive goodie bags.

The parade begins promptly at 12:30 p.m., and participating pups will be judged in a variety of categories including “Best in Show,” “Best Small/Medium/Large,” and “Best Pair/Group.” Prizes will be awarded in each category with some surprise awards, as well.

new hope free pressMeanwhile, participants and spectators can enjoy the music, candy, prizes, food, and especially Animal Alliance’s famous vegan chili – always the crowd favorite! The organization will also have several dogs available for adoption at the event.

All proceeds benefit the lifesaving operations at Animal Alliance: rescue, rehabilitation, spay/neuter, adoption, the Planned Pethood Clinic, and the agency’s new adoption center located at 1432 Route 179 North in Lambertville.

new hope free pressAnimal Alliance is a 501(c)3 nonprofit charitable organization that finds euthanasia to be an unacceptable fate for adoptable dogs and cats in animal shelters, who will lose their life due to pet overpopulation. Animal Alliance places animals removed from shelters into temporary foster care where they are rehabilitated, spayed/neutered, restored to health, and readied for a speedy adoption. Animal Alliance focuses its efforts on injured animals, and victims of cruelty and neglect.





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