3:13 pm - Sunday December 18, 5977

Halloween Goes to the Dogs!


Local Nonprofit Raises Awareness, Funds

HENDERSON, Colo.- This year, Halloween is becoming Howl-oween. On Saturday, October 6, 2012 at International Hearing Dog, Inc.’s (IHDI) training facility, the dogs are having their day during IHDI’s Third Annual Dog-o-Ween event.

The Dog-o-Ween is an event aimed at raising awareness and much needed funds for IHDI’s program, which rescues dogs from local animal shelters then trains and places them as Hearing Dogs throughout the USA and Canada. Event festivities include dog costume and tailgate decorating contests, free food, games, prizes, tours of the facility and a silent auction. Donations greatly appreciated

From 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM, dogs will parade in front of a panel of judges to compete for the first place costume contest title while their companions enjoy the carnival-themed fun. Entry to the event is free with small fees for contest entries ($10 for one entry or $15 for two).

For Head Trainer, Andrea Paul, the Dog-o-Ween is more than just an event for the organization. “It’s a time where people really get to relax and be silly with their dogs. For the staff it’s a time where we get take a break from the seriousness of our work and see some of our recipients put their disability on the sidelines for a day. Seeing the laughter and creativity in the attendees makes the job so much more worth it,” she said.

The event will be take place Saturday, October 6, 2012, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM at IHDI’s Training Facility (5901 E 89th Ave. Henderson, CO 80640). In case of inclement weather, the event will be moved inside. Admission is free to the public; entries into the contests are $10 for one or $15 for multiple.

Find us online at www.hearingdog.org

About IHDI:

IHDI is a 501(c)(3) organization located in Henderson, Colorado. The organization’s mission is to train dogs to assist deaf and hard-of-hearing persons, with and without multiple disabilities, at no cost to the recipient. Dogs are rescued from local animal shelters, trained as Hearing Dogs and placed with recipients across the US and Canada free of charge. In 33 years, IHDI has placed over 1,100 Hearing Dogs with the hearing impaired.



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