Pet events: Dress up your dogs for a downtown pub crawl and other fests

Several upcoming fundraising events for pets encourage owners – and their dogs – to dress up in costumes.
Several upcoming fundraising events for pets encourage owners – and their dogs – to dress up in costumes.

A Howl-O-Ween Pup Crawl happens in downtown Raleigh on Saturday, Oct. 22.

The pub-crawl fundraiser, sponsored by Unleashed and Nina’s Paws & Purrs, benefits Cause for Paws NC. Bring your dog (if you both dress up, that’d be cool) and register at Boxcar Bar + Arcade, then proceed to Isaac Hunter’s Tavern, Coglin’s and Paddy O’Beers.

The Crawl starts at 2 p.m. and registration begins at 1. Advance online registration at is encouraged. There’s a doggy costume contest at 3:30 p.m. at Isaac Hunter’s. Things should wrap up by 6. The cost is $12 per person.

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Also Saturday, Oct. 22, Triangle Beagle Rescue presents BeagleFest 2016, a family- and dog-friendly event with food, games, raffles, contests and vendors.

There’s an off-the-leash dog park and several contests for the pooches: Best Howl, Softest Ears, Longest Ears and Best Costume.

It takes place 1-4 p.m. at Sunny Acres Pet Resort in Durham and admission is $5 per person (dogs and kids under the age of 5 get in free).

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit:

Puppy Costume Party

Keep that costume fresh because your dog’s going to get a lot of wear out of it this season! There’s a Halloween Puppy Costume Party 1-4 p.m. Sunday at the North Hills Dog Park in Raleigh.

The event is hosted by Nina’s Paws & Purrs, and there will be prizes from local businesses.

Cause for Paws NC will join the party, bringing along lots of adorable dogs ready for adoption. Get more details at the Nina’s Paws and Purrs event page.


The Coalition to Unchain Dogs holds its largest fundraiser of the year at Durham Central Park on Saturday, Oct. 29.

The Barktoberfest celebration will have a pet Halloween costume contest, a kissing booth, a photo booth with a professional photographer, raffles, vendors, food trucks and more.

The event takes place 2-5 p.m.

The mission of the Coalition to Unchain Dogs is to help connect families in the underserved areas of Durham with free resources for their dogs, including spay/neuter appointments, vaccinations and medications—and of course, fences to free the chained. They have built over 2,000 fences and spayed/neutered 700 dogs and cats.


SAFE Haven for Cats will have special adoption events 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 29 and 30, with adoptions costing just $25. That fee includes vaccinations, spay/neuter surgery/microchip and veterinary exam.

You can call ahead – 919-872-7233 – or just show up.

Info at

Down by the tracks

Don’t miss the annual Down by the Tracks block party at Seaboard Station near downtown Raleigh on Sunday, Oct. 30. The event takes place 2-5:30 p.m. and admission is $10 per person (kids 12 and under get in free).

There’s live music, beer, food trucks, a silent auction, dog costume contest and more. The event benefits the SPCA of Wake County.

Learn more at

Fill the truck

Help SAFE Haven for Cats get some much-needed items from their wish list at their Fill-a-Truck event from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19.

The truck will be in the parking lot of the Walmart at 2114 S. Main St. in Wake Forest. Donations are tax deductible.

Details at

SPCA Santa Paws 5K

The Santa Paws 5K, the largest certified, competitive, dog-friendly race in the Triangle, is both for serious runners and for recreational runners who just want to dress up their dog and have some fun.

Professional race photos will be provided by In Between the Blinks Pet Photography and Gerald Owens of WRAL will be the celebrity Santa.

It happens at 9 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 20 at Dorothea Dix Park in Raleigh. Registration is $35-$45. Get details at

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