Pet masquerade a spook-tacular success
Animal Alliance’s ninth annual Pet Masquerade Parade, held Oct. 19 at Mary Sheridan Park in Lambertville, N.J., was a great success this year, with close to 100 entrants in a variety of categories, including best small dog, big dog, and group, and of course, Best in Show.
The fundraising event for Animal Alliance, a local animal welfare agency that runs a pet adoption program and low cost spay-neuter and wellness veterinary clinic raised more than $4,000.
Dr. John Marcus, owner of New Hope Veterinary Hospital, was one of the judges.
“It’s great to see these dogs on parade, looking so festive,” he said, noting that he’s seen many of the dogs as clients, and also as Animal Alliance patients.
Other judges were Lisa Nichols and Dianna Paterra, co-owners of DeAnna’s Restaurant on North Franklin Street in Lambertville.
New this year was a DeAnna’s sponsored category called “Biggest Heart” which came with a $100 gift certificate to DeAnna’s. It was awarded to longtime Lambertville residents Deb Grant and Debbie Bazarsky, who have adopted three dogs from Animal Alliance, all with special needs.
“This was one of our most successful years, in terms of attendance and also ingenuity and creativity in the costumes,” Trinkle said. Best in Show went to “The Village People,” featuring an assortment of people and pets attired in the iconic style of the ‘70s music group of the same name.
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