Animal shelter

Halloween-themed pet parade raises money for local animal shelter

The sound of excited barking floated through Indian Lake Park on Sunday afternoon, where 50 dogs and their owners prepared to show off their costumes while raising money for a local animal shelter.

The Howloween Pet Parade and Costume Contest to benefit Cross Your Paws Rescue drew animals from across the region, dressed in their spookiest outfits, to North Huntingdon Park. The Greensburg-based shelter expects to raise between $500 and $600 from the event.

“It’s so fun to see everyone with crazy costumes and homemade costumes, it’s just a way to get everyone together on Halloween and party,” said Julie Duffy, collection coordinator funds for Cross Your Paws. “There are not many dog ​​parades. There are a lot of parades of children and trunks or treats, so it’s different.

Throughout the afternoon, dogs dressed up in everything from tacos to lions filtered through the park. Others matched their owners, with a pup dressed as a Starbucks drink and its owner dressed as a barista. Another depicted a demogorgon while its owner dressed as Eleven from the popular Netflix series “Stranger Things.”

Dogs Manny and Kip stole the show before the parade began. Their owner, Diane Raible, 51, from North Huntingdon, dressed Manny in what she called a killer dog costume, which consisted of a black wig and light blue overalls. Kip was dressed as Chucky, the killer doll, with a red wig and a striped shirt.

Raible said it was her first time attending the event. She noted that it is important to support local nonprofit organizations.

“There are so many dogs in need and so many rescues that need to be adopted and helped,” Raible said. “The rescues are all non-profit, so fundraising is essential to their survival.”

According to Duffy, funds raised from the event will help cover costs associated with medical care and training while helping to save other pets.

“Each year we rescue over 1,000 dogs which is insane because we are actually approaching our five year anniversary so we are still so new but we are doing so many dogs at such a high capacity so this will go towards our future dogs,” Duffy said. “We also help with difficult medical cases. We never turn a dog away.

The theme of helping support nonprofits like Cross Your Paws was consistent among attendees at Sunday’s event.

Diane Mesiarik and her daughter Khrysta Nogy, 33, of West Newton, are both volunteers at the shelter and have raised dogs before.

“We rely on events like this and donations to keep everything going,” said Nogy, who dressed herself and her dog, French Fry, as Dalmatians.

Mesiarik agreed, calling the event a “very good cause”.

Megan Tomasic is editor of Tribune-Review. You can contact Megan by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .