A ‘Tail Waggin’ good time

Howl-oween fundraiser supports local animal nonprofits

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COURTESY OF RENEE PIPER

Attendees and their furry friends are encouraged to arrive in costume for the Howl-oween fundraiser.

MIKAYLA FINNERTY, Managing editor

There is no better way to spend Halloween than being surrounded by dogs in cute costumes.

From 1-4 p.m. on Sunday, Tail Waggin’ Adventures will host a fundraiser at 3431 Airport Rd. Proceeds will be divided between three local nonprofits: Palouse Paws, Saving for a Storm and the Humane Society of the Palouse.

“I know people on the Palouse love to dress up their dogs, and I just thought it was a great opportunity to recognize our nonprofit groups on the Palouse as related to animals,” organizer Renee Piper said.

In 2012, Piper founded Palouse Paws, a comfort therapy dog program. She currently owns Tail Waggin’ Adventures, which has two locations: one specializing in daycare and boarding, while the other serves as a new training center. 

“We decided to open a separate building so that it can cater to all training needs, including therapy and service dog work,” Piper said. 

Piper said this event will both support nonprofits and spread the word about the new facility. A $10 donation is requested upon entry. 

Some activities for this Halloween afternoon will include a costume party for both furry friends and owners, treats, as well as a raffle and silent auction. A professional photographer will be present to take photos of partygoers and their loved ones for $5 each. 

A remembrance of founding dog Enzo will be held at the event. Enzo helped inspire Piper to create the Palouse Paws Therapy Program in 2012. He passed away this year at 11 years old on Oct. 22.

 Saving for a Storm co-founder, Melanie Voorhees, said the fundraiser is a great way for community members to learn about the local animal non-profits.

Saving for a Storm is a company that collects funds for people who can not pay for sudden animal emergencies. They negotiate with the vets and pay the finances. 

Saving for a Storm will be having its own fundraiser on Saturday at Zelda’s Pet Grooming, which is also owned by Voorhees and her wife. The event will serve as a trick-or-treating event for pets.

“Even if people can’t contribute financially, publicity or any kind of spreading the word is really a big thing,” Voorhees said.