Annual Halloween costume contest for dog this Saturday

   The 10th Annual Halloween Costume Contest for Dogs begins at noon on Saturday, Oct. 17 on the east side of the Matagorda County Courthouse.
   A 50/50 raffle starts at 11 a.m.
   There are four categories for entry: best dog costume, best owner & pet costume, smallest dog and largest dog.
   Entry into each category costs $10 and each dog will get a treat bag upon entry in to the contest.
   All dogs must be kept on a leash, up to date on rabies vaccinations and no aggressive dogs are allowed.
   Applications can be picked up at Tractor Supply, Bay City Feed Store, Bad to the Bone or at the event.
   Prizes will be awarded to the first through third place winners in each category.
   Some of those prizes include a free grooming session at Bad to the Bone or a free spay or neuter for one dog or cat of the winning household.
   “The spay/neuter program also includes free rabies vaccines and de-worming during the same visit,” said Margaret Wells, member of For the Love of Animals.
   All proceeds from this even go towards the spay/neuter program that lowers the cost of the surgeries to $50 for spaying and $20 for neutering.
   Applications for the spay/neuter program are available at Karges Construction, Tractor Supply, Bay City Feed Store and Sutherlands.
   The contest was started when For the Love of Animals (FTLOA) was formed in 2005 to help reduce feral cat and stray dog overpopulation in Matagorda County.
   They provide rescue, adoption and spay/neuter services.
   The group is currently seeking new members and are always in need of volunteers.
   FTLOA meets every second Monday in the Bay City Service Center.
   For more information call Margaret Wells at 979-245-9863 or Cheryl at 979-241-2402.
   The group is 501c and accepting donations at any event, via mail to For the Love of animals, P.O. Box 1353, Bay City, TX 77404 or by joining smileamazon.com and choosing FTLOA as your charity where Amazon makes a donation at no cost to you.

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