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Written by: Samantha WhitingSeptember 30, 2014

The 5th annual Halloween Pet Parade will be held at Franke Park on Oct. 18 at 11 a.m., where local pet owners can enter their dressed up pets in the costume contest, win raffle prizes and parade around to show off for spectators.

Any type of animal is invited to enter the parade, which is organized by local pet loss care provider Paws and Remember. Kim Chin, business development director of Paws and Remember, said that last year an alligator and a llama were among those in attendance.

There is a $25 entry fee per animal, which includes a portrait of you and your pet on stage. There are several categories in which pet owners choose one to enter their pet in. The categories are most creative costume, most unusual pet, ugliest pet, biggest pet, tiniest pet, cutest pet ever and best combo costume.

The contestants will be judged by public figures Sandy Thompson, Mark Mellinger, Barb Richards and Tom Didier. While the judges are calculating their scores, the contestants will parade around the park and show off to spectators. The winner from each category receives an engraved, crystal plaque and a certificate.

In addition to the costume contest, there will also be raffle tickets and for purchase. Chin said over $2,500 in raffle prizes have already been donated, including baskets from Edible Arrangements and Bagel Station, and many treats for your pet.

All of the proceeds will be donated to Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control’s enforcement division, helping them to get the tools and training to efficiently remove animals from situations of neglect.

For more information on how to register visit www.fwpetparade.com.