LAMPASAS — Pets and owners can promenade throughout the park Saturday, dressed in everyday clothes but perhaps costumes as well, to increase their chances of winning the pet costume competition, said Glo Anders, chairperson of Friends of Lampasas Animal Shelter.
Free to the public, the second annual Paws for a Cause fun day will begin 10 a.m. at W.M. Brook Park and include a stroll through the park at 11:15 a.m., several dog competitions and a silent auction.
All money raised at the event from sponsorships and raffles will go to support the Lampasas Animal Shelter’s medical fund, which covers the cost of shots or operations for cats and dogs, said Kasey Drussel, shelter director. She said the shelter performed several leg amputations and hip surgeries in the past.
“It’s the first time we’ve had the contests this year, but we thought it would be great to have the kids get on stage with their pets and get prizes,” Drussel said.
There will be doggie contests for best costume, largest dog, smallest adult dog, best trick, best adoption story, ugliest dog and longest tail. Judging will start at 11:45 a.m.
After prizes are given out, Central Texas Disc Dogs and Southern Star Ranch will do demonstrations at 1 p.m.
Central Texas Disc Dogs will show the amazing things dogs can do with frisbees and Southern Star Ranch will bring trained service dogs, Drussel said. There won’t be any drug dogs, she said, but there will be a dog who can sniff out peanuts for people with allergies, another who can sniff out human remains and another who can sniff out potential fire-starters.
“Last year we raised over $11,700,” Anders said. “(We) raised enough money to build a large play yard for the dogs at the shelter and later added sails for much-needed shade.”
Children can enjoy a treasure hunt, music and photo opportunities with a comical cut out. Adults can bid on silent auction items, including Dallas Cowboys tickets, hockey tickets, Sea World tickets, zoo tickets and wine tastings. The silent auction ends at 12:45 p.m.