Howl-O-Ween benefits dog owners and local organizations

Dog lovers gathered at the UT Gardens on Sunday, Oct. 23 for pooch-approved Halloween activities for a good cause.

Halloween came early on Sunday, Oct. 23 at the University of Tennessee Gardens, where dog lovers gathered for a full day of festivities. The third annual “Howl-O-Ween” was packed with countless canines and owners.

Vendors lined the gardens with pet supplies, dog themed memorabilia and grooming stands. A variety of local pet businesses passed out treats and offered “refuel stations” to the pups. There were opportunities for free vaccinations for the dogs, as well.

Owners and dogs alike were able to dress up and enjoy the festivities of the day. There was a “pooch parade” and costume contest that took place, exhibiting the creative costumes that adorned the bountiful group that attended. The event was free to the public, but required pre-registration for participating in the parade and costume contest.

There was also a food drive that benefited the Pantry for Feeding Pets. This organization supplies food to local pet owners.

Lisa McDonald, a proud owner of a pooch dressed as superwoman, said, “This is such a wonderful event where they can raise money to benefit local shelters and pet owners. Not to mention, we all get to get into the spirit of the season with puppies.”

The event was not only for dog owners, as many other attendees strolled through the gardens petting and enjoying the variety of breeds that roamed around.

Mitchell Brown, who attended without a dog, described the event as, “a fun opportunity that brings dog-lovers together and it’s great to just walk around the booths and enjoy the festivities.”

There were also opportunities to adopt a furry friend with shelters, foster parents and rescue homes representing the available animals.

Jessica Nelson, a hopeful new owner of a Saint Bernard rescue, also commented that the event was, “beneficial to the community by creating a fun communal event and supporting many organizations and small businesses.”

You can learn more about the Pantry for Feeding Pets on their website.

Featured Image by Abby Hamilton

Edited by Katy Hill