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The VBSPCA will hold its annual fundraiser this Sunday at Neptune's Park
The Virginia Beach SPCA will host its annual Mutt Masquerade 5K & 1-Mile Walk for the Animals Sunday, Oct. 30 starting at 9 a.m. Pups of all shapes and sizes are invited to attend in costume.

Picture roughly 500 dogs in Halloween costumes.

Whether you’re a pet owner, an animal lover, or a canine, all are welcome to attend the Annual Mutt Masquerade 5K & 1-Mile Walk for the Animals, hosted by the Virginia Beach Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

The event will take place on Sunday, Oct. 30 at Neptune’s Park, 31st Street at the Oceanfront in Virginia Beach. Check-in for the 5K starts at 9 a.m.; the race and activities in the park begin at 10 a.m. The one-mile walk on the boardwalk, led by the Wounded Warriors, kicks off at 11:30 a.m.

The SPCA expects more than 500 participants, and hopes to raise more than $50,000 for animal support.

Best of all, attendees, vendors and pets alike are all invited to dress up in their cutest or spookiest costumes.

And don’t forget to stretch! Atma Bodha Yoga of Virginia Beach will lead stretching exercises for you (and your pooch).

In addition to costumes for pets and people, this family and dog-friendly event, emceed by Eagle 97.3 radio personality Stephanie Taylor, will feature the SPCA’s Pet Supplies & Adoption Center, vendor booths and an “Ask a Trainer” area, hosted by Happy Paws Humane Pet Training facility.

To learn more about the Virginia Beach SPCA or the Mutt Masquerade, visit or call 757-689-1932.

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