Wag-O-Ween ‘21

A dog-dedicated trick-or-treat event attended by 1000s annually, this year’s 16th annual outing is offering more bark for your buck! 

Photos: Arra Riggs / Karen Rivera and Bri Hickson with Maverick, Safari Guides and their lion.

A dog-dedicated trick-or-treat event attended by 1000s annually, this year’s 16th annual outing is offering more bark for your buck! 

After last year’s success doubling up to a two-day event, WoW is expanding again, stretching from downtown Savannah into the Starland District. In the past, Wag-O-Ween treat destinations were primarily located in downtown Savannah, but with this exciting addition, the event area will now span over two miles.

“Participants can come for both days and have two completely different experiences,” explained The Hipster Hound owner, Tonya Rintye. “Dogs and their humans can trick-or-treat downtown on the first day and then head to Starland on the second day, or vice versa!”

We double-dog-dare you to go matchy-matchy with man’s best friend as you track the WoW map to nearly 100 local businesses. To honor local businesswoman and Wag-O-Ween event creator Sara Portman, her friends at The Hipster Hound and Renegade Paws Rescue established the Sara Portman Community Fund in 2020. A portion of the proceeds from Wag-O-Ween 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.

Just as last year, the registration and pick-up process is completely streamlined. Participants can register and donate ahead of time on the Wag-O-Ween website at www.wagoween.org. The $10 wristband admits one pet for the entire weekend and includes a treat destination map and doggy swag bag.During the week of Wag-O-Ween, participants can also register in-person or pick up their pre-ordered doggy swag bags and t-shirts at two newly added kick-off events. The first kick-off event will be held at Starland Yard on Wednesday, October 20 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., while the second kick-off will be held at B&D Burgers on Congress Street on Thursday, October 21 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

What’s not to love? You get treats, they get treats, and all our four-legged friends feel the love of funds raised for their care. Word of Warning (also WoW): Adoptable dogs will tempt you to go home with more floofs than you came with.

Sara Mendez and Miranda Rodriguez with Bash, the Astro space dog at Wag-o-Weekend 2020.

About The Hipster Hound
The Hipster Hound is a family-owned pet products and services company located in Savannah. They offer dog daycare, grooming, boarding, retail and more at two locations. Visit www.hipsterhound.net for more information.

About Renegade Paws Rescue
Renegade Paws Rescue is a 501(c)(3) volunteer-based organization dedicated to providing the highest level of care for unwanted, abused or injured dogs in the Coastal Empire and surrounding areas. Visit www.renegadepawsrescue.org for more information.

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