The organizers have made logistical changes to this year's event due to COVID-19.

SAVANNAH, Ga. - GeorgiaChron -- The 15th annual Wag-O-Ween pet trick-or-treating event will be held this weekend on October 24 & 25. The family- and pet-friendly fundraising event will take place in Downtown Savannah and attract over 1,000 participants with their furry friends. Humans and animals alike will dress up in Halloween costumes and follow event maps to over 100 businesses giving out dog treats and goodies. The event also includes a costume contest, raffle, and photography stations.

Because of COVID-19, Wag-O-Ween will take place over two days this year on Saturday, October 24 and Sunday, October 25 from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. to allow for fewer crowds each day. All human participants will also be required to wear face coverings at all times during the event per city ordinance.

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"Our thought is that half of the participants will come on Saturday and the other half on Sunday so everyone is more spread out," explained Tonya Rintye, one of the event organizers. "We hope these precautions will keep all participants safe and healthy."

In addition, the registration and pick-up process has been completely streamlined this year. Participants can still register and donate on the Wag-O-Ween website at www.wagoween.org. During this week, participants can pick up their supplies at multiple locations throughout Savannah including establishments in Habersham Village, Sandfly, and Isle of Hope.

"The idea is to eliminate everyone congregating around one pick-up location the day of the event," described Rintye. "By registering online and picking everything up beforehand, humans and their pets can start their trick-or-treating right when they leave the house!"

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To learn more about Wag-O-Ween registration, locations, or to make a donation, visit the Wag-O-Ween website at www.wagoween.org.

About The Sara Portman Community Fund
Despite the death of local businesswoman and event creator, Sara Portman, her friends at The Hipster Hound and Renegade Paws Rescue have taken over this year's Wag-O-Ween preparations per her wishes. In honor of Portman, the new organizers have established the Sara Portman Community Fund. A portion of the proceeds from this year's Wag-O-Ween and all future events will go to this fund for community spay/neutering, education, and more. The remaining money raised will continue to support local animal rescues in their mission to place animals in "furever" homes and support community education efforts.

Contact
Tonya Rintye
The Hipster Hound, LLC
wagoweensavannah@gmail.com
(912) 658-1789


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