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Howl-oween celebration poised to be a scream

By Staff | Oct 9, 2009

In a little less than a month the Over Easy Cafe will transform from a cozy eatery to a party filled with a pack of woofing vampires that are – well all bark, yipping bumble bees and other assorted pets dressed for the Island Paws annual Howlween celebration.

The Halloween event will be held Friday, Oct. 30 during the evening. Exact times will be announced soon.

But the effervescent Island Paws co-owner Liza Clouse said she will be adding a little something different to this year’s Howlween bash.

The event will serve as a fundraiser to help collect food donations for needy pets at Lee County Domestic Animal Services and raise money for the non-profit Dogs Deserve Better. Dogs Deserve Better is dedicated to rescuing dogs left languishing on chains outside. For more information, got to dogsdeservebetter.org. Lee County Domestic Animal Services cares for the County’s homeless pets. The agency has a community food pantry that helps residents with financial hardships get food for their pet. This program helps keep pets in their homes. For more information visit leelostpets.com

“I wanted to do the right thing,” Clouse said.

Guests are being asked to bring food donations along with their pets. There will be a costume contest and raffles. People who bring a food donation receive a free raffle ticket, Clouse said. There will be a variety of gift certificates, fused glass with a pet motif and doggy-themed jewelry.