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HSSA's Howl-O-Ween Bash will bring out spooky pets

Party includes book signing, critters in costumes

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The Humane Society of Southern Arizona will get into the Halloween spirit with a "Howl-O-Ween" book signing and "Spooktacular" costume contest at La Encantada on Sunday. 

Families, pets and children are welcome at PAWSH's second annual Howl-O-Ween bash from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

"It is a great way to get out and celebrate such a fun holiday," said Sara Gromley, an HSSA spokeswoman.

PAWSH, located at La Encantada, is an HSSA adoption center. The store has adoptable pets and pet-related items and toys. 

Michael J. Rosen, author of "Hound Dog's Haiku," "Night of the Pumpkinheads," will sign copies of his new book, "My Dog: A Kids' Guide to Keeping a Happy and Healthy Pet."

For a $5 donation to the HSSA, pets and kids can enter the costume contest. Winners for best costume and best pet-kid duo will win pet-themed gift baskets. Kids' activities and treats will be offered.

There also will be animals decked out in Halloween gear ad available for adoption. 

"Last year there were such great costumes. You saw different themed costumes with whole families and it was just a lot of fun," said Gromley. 

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For more information, visit www.hssaz.org.

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What: Howl-O-Ween Bash

When: Sunday, 4 to 6 p.m.

Where: The Rose Gardens at La Encantada, 2905 E. Skyline Dr.                                           

Keep pets safe on Halloween

The HSSA wants to remind pet owners that Halloween is a dangerous time for pets who escape doors opening and closing for trick-or-treaters. Another danger is the candy, which can be deadly for pets, especially those that are sugar-free or chocolate. 

Tips for pet safety:

  • Make sure all pets are wearing collars and are microchipped. (Microchipping is available at the HSSA's Spay and Neuter Clinic for $20)
  • Make sure your pet's Halloween costumes don’t cover your their eyes. A costume should never be binding and should only be worn for a short time.
  • Halloween treats are for humans only/ Chocolate and sugar-free candies can be toxic. Keep candy where your pets cannot get to it.
  • Wagging tails can be disastrous. Don't leave any lit candles or Jack-O-Lanterns where they could be knocked over.
  • Pets should be kept in a separate room during trick-or-treating hours. Not only will this keep them safe, but it will also reduce their stress.
  • Don't leave your pet in the yard on Halloween: There are plenty of stories of pranksters who have teased, injured, stolen, and even killed pets on this night.

If your pet becomes lost, file a report with the HSSA immediately. 

For more information on the HSSA's animal services including and the spay and neuter clinic call 327-6088 or visit www.hssaz.org.

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