Pups, owners celebrate Halloween, raise funds for local animal shelters

Sunday, October 17, 2010 | 4:11 p.m. CDT; updated 7:53 p.m. CDT, Sunday, October 17, 2010
Neko, a 1-year-old Yorkshire terrier who was dressed as Woody, a character from "Toy Story," won the overall best costume award on Sunday at Lizzi and Rocco's Natural Pet Store's Halloween party. Proceeds from the event are being donated to the Central Missouri Humane Society and Columbia Second Chance.

COLUMBIA — Lizzi and Rocco’s Natural Pet Market hosted the first-annual Halloween Party for pets Sunday afternoon.

Pet owners from around Columbia came to the pet shop to have their critters picture taken in their costumes and to take part in a costume contest.


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Proceeds from the photos, roughly $400, were donated to the Central Missouri Humane Society and Columbia Second Chance.

Eighteen dogs and two cats participated in the costume contest. The overall winner of the competition was Neko, a 1-year-old Yorkie owned by Ali Hicks. Neko was dressed as “Woody” from the movie "Toy Story."

Store owner Kyle Schlosser said the contest will be a yearly event because of how beneficial these types of fundraisers are.

“It’s a fun time for dogs to socialize, and it’s for a worthwhile cause,” Schlosser said.

The next shelter benefit at Lizzi and Rocco’s will be pet photos with Santa on Dec. 5.

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