Carnival to benefit animal rescues

Published 4:07 pm Saturday, October 22, 2016

Next Saturday will offer a perfect day to celebrate fall with the entire family, furry kids included.

Several Selma animal rescue organizations have come together to host the first Howl-o-Ween Carnival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. downtown at Phoenix Park.

The Humane Society of Central Alabama, Wannabe Rescued and Selma’s Purrrfect Pals are partnerning on the effort. Admission is just $1 for the carnival for kids, parents and pets.

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“We wanted to provide a fun event for our community in thanks for all their help and also raise funds so we can do more for the homeless puppies, kittens, dogs and cats we see every day,” said HSCA vice president Lynn Sanders.

The Selma City Council approved an ordinance waiver to allow the organizations to host the event for pets at a city park.

On Saturday, there will be plenty for kids and pets alike to do. For the kids, Selma’s K-9 patrol will be present as well as Selma Fire Department’s mascot Sparky and the department’s fire safety bouncy house. There will also be trick-or-treating and photo opportunities.

For leashed pets, there will be games, grooming and even the chance to create some artwork. There will also be a Pet “PAW”-rade, pet costume contest and pet trick contest starting at 1 p.m.

There will also be face painting, a cake walk, horseshoes, hot dogs, hamburgers, cotton candy, popcorn, caramel apples and cupcakes for sale.

All proceeds will go toward vetting and finding forever homes for rescued animals in Selma and Dallas County.

For more information, contact, HSCA vice president Lynn Sanders at (334) 431-0476, Wannabe Rescued president Deborah Clark at (334) 412-0284 or Selma Purrrfect Pals president Shannon Lunch at (334) 327-8414.