Paws on the Promenade promises a hauntingly memorable time for pets and owners alike

Cinabun, a pug, dressed as a giant tarantula, works the crowd at the 2016 Paws on the Promenade. Cinabun took home first place for the “Spookiest” costume. Paul Bandong photo

Animal lovers of all ages, along with their pets, are preparing to haunt Promenade Temecula dressed in their best Halloween costume for Paws on the Promenade, Saturday, Oct. 14.

The annual event raises much-needed funds for Animal Friends of the Valleys, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization providing animal services to the cities of Lake Elsinore, Canyon Lake, Wildomar, Menifee, Murrieta and Temecula. AFV also provides shelter services, as well as spay and neuter services and low-cost vaccines.

Held from 1-4 p.m., Paws on the Promenade will feature a wide variety of activities including the always popular Spooktacular Dog Walk, pet adoptions, vendor booths and a costume contest.

According to Beth Soltyslak, AFV’s director of donor development, Paws on the Promenade is making a big change this year with the addition of cats to the costume contest, which has typically been open to dogs only.

While cats are new to the parade, pet adoptions will be for dogs only, she said.

“It is sponsored by the ASPCA and John Hine Subaru,” Soltyslak said. “They will have to fill out their paperwork and do their little background check to make sure that it’s a good environment for the pet being adopted. It’s just like we do it at the shelter.”

Adopted pets typically go home with their new owners the day of the event, she said.

“We really like to have the dogs adopted to forever homes,” she said. “We like to do our due diligence and make sure it is a great match.”

This year’s vendors include a wide variety of businesses from pet services to real estate agents.

“We have a lot of dog-related and cat-related booths. We have businesses, we have real estate, we have a get air booth, we have food booths, so it’s going to be a lot of different things, not just one particular genre or business,” Soltyslak said.

This year’s costume contest categories will be judged at two levels, the 12 and under owner and pet duo or group and the 12 and over owner and pet duo or group. Contest categories are Darling Divas, Dashing Dudes, Spookiest and Most Original, Soltyslak said.

Pet participants will receive a treat bag from vendors and sponsors.

Those wishing to participate can visit or call Soltyslak directly at (951) 805-6239. Sign-ups are also available at the event.

Vendor and sponsorship opportunities are still available. For more information on sponsorship and vendor opportunities, contact Soltyslak.

“The more the merrier, I always say,” Soltyslak said. “This is a great family-friendly, pet-friendly event that will be fun for the entire family.”

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