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Howl-O-Ween Pooch Parade and Pet Expo - UT Gardens Knoxville

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Sunday, October 25th from 1-5 p.m.
Cost: Free to attend; fee for parade participants

The UT Gardens Knoxville is excited to present our second annual Howl-O-Ween Pooch Parade and Pet Expo, a fun Halloween-themed event sponsored by the UT Gardens Knoxville and the College of Veterinary Medicine. Catering to dogs and dog lovers, this event will promote the invaluable resource of the UT Gardens and the College of Veterinary Medicine as well as many other dog-related nonprofits and businesses in the Knoxville area.

This fun event with a spooky twist will include food trucks, a judged costume parade with prizes, and an expo of educational booths, pet businesses, and rescue groups.

The event will be held rain or shine. In the event of severe weather, we do have an indoor location near the Gardens and will place signs to direct everyone to it.

Pre-registration for parade participants is requested. The fee will be $8 for one dog or $13 for 2 or more if registered in advance; $10 for one dog or $15 for 2 or more if registered at the event. Dogs must be accompanied by an adult.

Contact Beth Willis at ewillis2@utk.edu for additional information.


New this year - we will host a food drive to benefit the Pantry for Feeding Pets which helps local pets and pet owners by providing food and treats. They can accept all varieties of dog and cat food, both dry and canned. They also welcome dog & cat treats of any kind. Please consider bringing a donation to benefit local pets and pet owners if you attend! Give generously!

Pantry for Feeding Pets Logo

Don't forget that many of the rescues and nonprofits that will be exhibiting at Howl-O-Ween depend largely on contributions from animal lovers like you to continue their great work. Howl-O-Ween will be a great time to show them your support and appreciation for the service they provide! Give generously!


Help spread the word!

Here's how you can help:

  • You can download event posters here (2 versions, both legal size) and place them in pet-friendly locations
  • Stay current with this event on Facebook and invite your friends to attend
  • Print out these save the date flyers and hand them out at dog parks or other pet events you attend
  • Tweet about the event using #uthowloween
  • Know a pet-related business or nonprofit that would like to participate? Have them contact Beth Willis
  • View pictures from last year's event

 


Event Sponsors

Best in Show Sponsors

Cedar Bluff Animal Clinic logo

Mighty Mutt Sponsors

Furry Friend Sponsors

 


Master of Ceremonies

Local celebrity Erin Donovan will be emceeing the Pooch Parade. She is the human companion of Grady, who loves walking in the park and jumping in the lake. They can't wait to see what costumes will be on display!

Costume Parade

The parade will begin at 2:30 pm and will be led by our 'Top Dog', UT President Joe DiPietro. Pre-registration is requested, but you can register on-site until 2:15 pm. The fee will be $8 per canine (or $13 for 2 or more as a group) if registered in advance; $10 per canine (or $15 for 2 or more as a group) if registered at the event. Dogs must be accompanied by an adult. Judged by locally known dog lovers, prizes will be awarded to the winning pets in each of the following costume categories.

Costume Categories:

  • Bad to the Bone (scariest costume)
  • Funny Bone (funniest costume)
  • Glamour Pooch (prettiest costume)
  • Pup Culture (pop culture/character costume)

Top entries in each category will win prizes (and bragging rights!) Several Judges Choice Awards will be handed out as well, including our Bone-Fido Best in Show!


Participating Businesses

 

Participating Rescue Groups and NonProfits

 

Remember that many of the rescues and nonprofits that will be exhibiting at Howl-O-Ween depend largely on contributions from animal lovers like you to continue their great work. The event will be a great time to show them your support and appreciation for the service they provide!

Participating Food Trucks

 

Educational Displays

The University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine will be on hand to provide sound advice about your pets. Departments participating are:

  • Oncology
  • Emergency
  • Surgery
  • CARES (Canine Arthritis Rehabilitation Exercise and Sports medicine)
  • CAIT (Companion Animal Initiative of Tennessee)

The UT Gardens will have information about developing a pet-friendly landscape, and common plants that you should avoid if you have dogs and/or other pets.

Safety Tips

When participating in any event with your pets...

  • Vaccinations should be current.
  • Make sure your pets are socialized to other pets, people, and costumes.
  • Bring water for your pets.
  • Prepare for your pets' comfort (excessive heat or cold temps for example).
  • Limit participation of pets that are very shy or get stressed easily.
  • Make certain to have safe and sturdy pet restraint items (collar or harness and leash).
  • Use of retractable leashes should be avoided.