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‘HOWL-o-Ween’ Fun Includes Pet Costume Contests

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 26, 2016 – Two Riverside County animal shelters are prepping for family-fun, Howl-O-Ween Spooktacular events this Saturday (Oct. 29).

Both events are Halloween themed and feature pet costume contests, but the two shelter locations in Jurupa Valley and San Jacinto will also have some different offerings. Both shelters will also be hoping to attract would-be adopters at the special pet adoption rate offered: just $20 for any dog or cat (includes surgery, vaccinations and a microchip).

The official name of the event at the Western Riverside County/City Animal Shelter in Jurupa Valley (6851 Van Buren Blvd., 92504) is the Park ’N’ Howl Howl-O-Ween Spooktacular because there will be a car show, sponsored by the Inland Empire Classic Mustang Club. The Animal Solutions Konnection (ASK Foundation) is also a co-sponsor of the event.


A “Trunk-or-Treat” offering begins at 10 a.m. at the county’s main shelter in Jurupa Valley. (Trunk-or-Treat events are similar to children participating in trick-or-treating strolls in neighborhoods. Except, in this case, the children only have to roam past the delicious offerings inside car trunks.) The pet costume contest at the Jurupa Valley shelter begins at noon.


Here’s a link to all the key details for the county’s main shelter location.

The Howl-O-Ween Spooktacular fun at the San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus (581 S. Grand Ave., 92582) features a special visit from Motocross star Sean Lipanovich; a pet costume pet costume contest starts at 10 a.m. The “Trunk-or- Treat” offering runs 11 a.m. to noon.

Thunder from the Lake Elsinore Storm will help greet visitors and the San Jacinto High School cheerleaders will make sure everyone is in good spirits throughout the day. Five different food truck vendors will also stop by to offer food for sale. The vendors include Ramona’s Express (featuring Mexican dishes), Big Daddy’s BBQ, Munshower’s Concessions (flavored kettle corn), Kingdom of Pops (candy apples and cake pops) and Carl’s Concessions (Hawaiian shaved ice and bacon- wrapped hot dogs).

Employees from a Hemet Home Depot will be putting on a tools-and-building workshop for children. The Western Science Museum will be setting up an interactive booth for kids. A balloon-twister performer will show off their talents and children can get their face painted, too, and then take a stroll to visit one of the animals in the B T B Petting Zoo.

Here’s a link with all the key details for the San Jacinto shelter’s event.

Adults and children can also enter the opportunity drawings at both shelter locations for gift cards or gift baskets donated by many local businesses. 

Contact a Shelter

Western Riverside: (951) 358-7387 (PETS)
San Jacinto: (951) 358-7387
Coachella Valley: (760) 343-3644
Blythe: (760) 921-7857

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