Billed as the world’s largest Halloween party for pets, more than 500 dogs take part in the Haute Dog Howl’oween Parade & Pet Adoption Fair in Long Beach, California. The event, set for October 28 this year, benefits local animal charities as well as beach clean-ups. According to organizers, last year’s good time raised about $13,000 for parade founder Justin Rudd‘s nonprofit Community Action Team.
A cool bit of background on Rudd: Inspired by his bulldog, Rosie, he worked to gain approval for Long Beach’s three-acre off-leash dog beach. The Long Beach Dog Zone opened full time in Belmont Shore in 2004 and is still the only off-leash dog beach in Los Angeles County.
Rosie passed away in 2010 at the age of 12. In August of that year, Long Beach City Council voted to rename the spot “Rosie’s Dog Beach” in her honor. What an awesome way to honor one heck of a haute dog!
Is your dog, still looking for his Halloween costume? Check out this TLC segment on the parade for some great ideas!
The Howl’oween fun kicks off at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 28 at Livingston Park in Long Beach with a vendor fair and pet adoptions. The five-block parade begins at 2:30 p.m. Advanced registration is $10. Find all the details here.