Monday, October 31, 2011

Howl O’Ween RVSPCA 19th annual walk for the animals

William Miller 4-months with Grandma Beth Via wonders "who let the dogs out."

Four-month old William wasn’t too sure what was going on Sunday afternoon in Elmwood Park. His parents Kristen and Scott Miller of Blacksburg were struggling to get everyone in place as Grandma Beth Via snapped pictures.

William in Grandma’s arms seemed to look puzzled as if to say, “who let the dogs out, Grandma?”

The Miller’s dog Nero had a pumpkin-headed headless horseman on his back. William held in dad’s arms and dressed as a pumpkin himself kept glancing at Nero. Surely he was too young to make a connection.

“With all the stuff I do to [Nero] he’s a good boy,” said Kristen.

There was a parade of dogs through downtown before the winners of the costume contest were announced. Activities and booths with dog goodies were spread throughout the park. Dog owners mulled over invisible fencing and considered microchips for their pet for easy identification.

Patricia Fellabaum of Roanoke held her prize basket of dog goodies. She and her dog Paisley won best look-alike costume. This was their first year in the fundraising event. She adopted Paisley from the SPCA and guesses her age at about one year.

Top fundraising individual was Waynette Anderson with $1362. Top fundraising team was Pups Gone Wild who brought in $1542.

Kathy Perdue, Marketing Director and Special Events Coordinator for the SPCA in past years said they raised over $30,000. It is their most profitable and popular fundraising event. CLICK TO ENLARGE.

Posted By Valerie Garner

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