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Winners chosen at Beacon Animal Rescue’s Howl-O-Ween Pet Costume Contest

Winners chosen at Beacon Animal Rescue’s Howl-O-Ween Pet Costume Contest

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DENNIS TOWNSHIP — Beacon Animal Rescue, a nonprofit, volunteer-based, animal rescue serving Cape May and Atlantic counties, celebrated Halloween with its second-annual HOWL-o-ween pet costume parade and contest Oct. 31.

The event, which took place at LeGates Farm Market in West Cape May, brought in families from all over South Jersey who showed up with dogs festooned in an array of incredible costumes. Guests were treated to performances of “Hocus Pocus” by the students of the Joanne Reagan Dance Studio and the opportunity to visit with Beacon’s own adoptable puppers, who were there in hopes of finding a forever family.

Prizes were awarded in the following categories: 1) Best Small Dog Costume, 2) Best Large Dog Costume, 3) Best Group Costume, and 4) Best Pet/Owner Look-a-Like, with judges choosing Best in Show from all entries.

“It’s always so fun to see what people come up with as costumes for their family dog,” said Ryan Parker, executive director. “Our volunteer judges did an outstanding job — it was no easy task this year.”

The winners:

• Best Large Dog: Molly as a hot dog, with owner Diana Morgan

• Best Small Dog: Cookie as a bumblebee, with owner Bob Donahue, of Wildwood Crest

• Best Group: Goldie as a daisy and Drake as a shark with mother and daughter Jeannie and Victoria Dodd

• Best Pet/Owner Lookalike: Kathy DiLullo, of Galloway Township with dog Missy dressed as hippies

• Best in Show: Snoopy and Ella Leahy dressed as gnomes — homemade costumes by Ella’s mother Cathy.

However, the biggest winner of the day was Jelly Bean, a 5-month-old lab mix who found his forever home during this event. It was the second dog to be adopted from a community event this month. Danny, a 2-year-old boxer mix, found his new family at Beacon’s first Halloween event on Oct. 24.

“Obviously it’s great to get out there and have fun with the community,” Parker said, “but finding homes for our dogs and cats is our first priority.”

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