San Diego (Vocus) October 16, 2007
Scary Shih Tzus, creepy Cocker Spaniels and other frightening four-legged critters dressed in their best Halloween costumes are invited to PETCO’s annual Howl-O-Ween costume contest Saturday, Oct. 27, at 2 p.m.
This hair-raising celebration will take place in all PETCO locations nationwide. All participants will receive a goody bag full of Halloween-themed treats from PETCO’s treat bar and a certificate of participation. Participation in the event, co-sponsored by Greenies, Four Paws and Avoderm, is free.
Each store winner will receive a $15 PETCO gift card. Contestants will be judged on creativity, attention to detail, and pet parent involvement. Registration begins at 1:30 p.m.
Children of the human variety will also have a great time participating in a coloring contest for a chance to win a gift card for their favorite furry friend. Coloring sheets are available now. Winners will be chosen during the Howl-O-Ween event.
Furry Halloween Facts:
- Last year, more than 14,000 pets participated in PETCO’s Howl-O-Ween event.
- According to the National Retail Federation, more than 7.4 million households plan to dress their pet for Halloween; Devils and pumpkins are the top pet costumes.
- The American Pet Products Manufacturers Association estimates that 6 percent of dog owners will purchase their pet a Halloween gift.
For the latest in fashion that frightens visit the Halloween Store on PETCO.com or PETCO’s haunting selection of exclusive costumes in stores.
For the latest news on anything and everything PETCO – from updates about the company to incredible acts of animal kindness, visit the company’s blog at PETCONews.com.
PETCO is a privately held specialty retailer that provides products, services and advice that make it easier for our customers to be great pet parents. We operate more than 870 stores in 49 states and the District of Columbia, as well as a leading pet products and information destination at http://www.petco.com. Our nonprofit organization, The PETCO Foundation, has raised more than $34 million since its inception in 1999 to help promote and improve the welfare of companion animals. In conjunction with the foundation, we work with and support more than 4,200 local animal welfare groups across the country to help find homes for more than 200,000 adoptable animals every year.