Pets invited to celebrate Halloween

Posted: Sunday, October 24, 2010

This year, the Gastineau Humane Society has re-invented its annual Pet Festival with the hope of showcasing more resources for Juneau's animal-loving community, and also getting the community more involved with local animal organizations and issues.

The free Pet Festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 30 at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center. GHS promises that this year's Pet Festival will be bigger and better than ever. The main room will be divided into booths and a main stage area. There will be ongoing demonstrations and events throughout the day, including the "Leave It Weenie Race" and the "Pawsitively Fabulous Pet Fashion Show." There is no charge to compete in the events, but pre-registration at GHS is required. Information booths and demonstrations by local animal organizations will be available to the public, showcasing such things as training aids, pet products and pet services.

This year's Pet Festival will wrap up with a fundraising event to cap off the evening. The Gastineau Humane Society's first ever "Mask-Fur-Aide Ball" will begin at 8 p.m. at the JACC, featuring dancing, costumes and prizes. There will be live music by Thunder Mountain Big Band, a cash bar, food, a silent auction and a costume contest.

Tickets for ball are available at the JACC, Hearthside Books, and at All proceeds from the Pet Festival, "Mask-Fur-Aide Ball," and silent auction will go to benefit the animals at Gastineau Humane Society.

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