Helen Woodward Animal Center’s 6th Annual Event was the Biggest Ever at Hazard Center in Mission Valley!
On July 15, Hazard Center visitors must have felt very safe indeed, surrounded by superheroes of all shapes and sizes, including the cuddliest kinds! That’s because Helen Woodward Animal Center’s 6th Annual PAWmicon Convention flew in to the shopping plaza to prove that the real heroes are powerful pooches and the people who love them. Due to fan requests, the pup-ular free event was held the weekend prior to Comic-Con to allow attendees to take in both types of animated characters. The frivolity united more superfans than ever before with over 400 attendees and their adorable pooches impressing in some of the most creative costumes to date!
The family-friendly event tested the super-powers of human and canine guests alike with comic-themed games and activities, including “bobbing for squeak toys” for dogs; superhero-themed crafts for kids; opportunity drawings for Comic-themed prizes, dog-friendly goodies and incredible gifts from the shops at Hazard Center.
But the most highly anticipated contest of the day was the all-important PAWSplay Contest for superheroes and their heroic dogs. Over 40 Super Canine contestants battled it out on the cat-walk, including Brussels Griffon Pinot as Batdog, Terrier-blend Henry as Darth Henry, and Shepherd-blend Zoey as Loki. But the top prizes went to Terrier-blend Nips as Daenerys from Game of Bones in 3rd Place, Chihuahua-blend Kiki as Furry Kruger in 2nd Place and Schnoodle rescue Sir Ruffles Von Vicious as Souper Super Chicken!
Of course, at the heart of all the frivolity, PAWmicon has one sole purpose – to draw the attention of potential adopters to perform a superhero action of their own and provide a lucky pet with a forever home. Three Center orphan pups were there to show off their super-loving powers in comic-book attire and seek the crowd for a heroic family and a forever home. All money raised from contests and opportunity drawings went directly to the pets and programs at Helen Woodward Animal Center.