Sept. 12, 2012 By Christian Murray
The Sunnyside/Woodside neighborhoods are going to the dogs.
On October 27, Woodside on the Move, a local non-profit, will be putting on it’s first annual “Woofside Halloween Pet Parade!”
The event will kick off at Skillman Pets (49-16 Skillman Ave.) and parade goers will walk with their canines to Windmuller Park, where the day will finish at the track. Pet owners are encouraged to dress their dogs in costumes since prizes will be awarded.
Adrian Bordoni, the executive director of Woodside on the Move, said he is currently reaching out to pet shops, vets and groomers, asking them participate in the event and donate items. He has already spoken to the leader of the Sunnyside United Dog Society (SUDS), who said that many of its members will attend.
“This is going to be a huge success because there are so many dogs and pets in this neighborhood,” said Abdel Rios, the owner of Skillman Pets. He said he would be donating grab bags, costumes, carriers, doggie beds, food bowls and wee-wee pads.
Participants will receive goody bags, prizes, access to dog trainers, and workshops on animal nutrition.
The event is likely to cost up to $20 per dog, although a final amount has yet to be determined. Most of these funds would be used for community programs, as well as for local dog runs, such as the one at Windmuller Park.
Other pets are invited to attend. It is not strictly for dogs.