Fur Fest Features Costumed Canines

NORFOLK, NE — Halloween isn’t just for humans, it’s for the hounds too.

Or at least it was on Saturday at Skyview Park where it was the First Annual Fur Fest organized by the Animal Shelter of Northeast Nebraska.

People could bring their furry companions dressed for Halloween and compete in a costume contest and in games scattered around the park.

Executive Director of the Animal Shelter Sydney Hurley says Fur Fest is first and foremost about fun.

“Get people to come out and show off their really embarrassing, little outfits that everyone always puts their dogs or cats in,” Hurley said.  “If you brought your cat out here it might be a little crazy.”

But the Animal Shelter is a non-profit that just opened this past March, so the event is also about generating awareness and a little bit of money.

“We’re trying to get some operating expenses under our belt.  So this gives us the opportunity to keep our doors open,” Hurley said.  “We are one of the very few no-kill shelters in the region and so to be able to maintain that we need little operational expenses.”

Hurley said a good number of the dogs at Fur Fest were alumni of the Animal Shelter while some were just along for the fun.

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