Dog lovers rejoice — PAWmicon isn’t cancelled this year!
Since most in-person events have been put on “paws” (sorry, had to) due to COVID-19, the animal-centric occasion has moved online and kicks off Tuesday, July 7.
A furry Batman poses with his sidekick Robin at PAWmicon 2018 (Helen Woodward Animal Center)
A pup dressed up as Wonderbatgirl at PAWmicon 2016 (Helen Woodward Animal Center)
A dog donned in a Spiderman costume (Helen Woodward Animal Center)
The “Underdog” at PAWmicon 2017 (Helen Woodward Animal Center)
Now in its ninth year, the annual event is hosted by Helen Woodward Animal Center, a nonprofit organization based in Rancho Santa Fe. It aims to honor “superhero adopters” as well as inspire others to bring furry sidekick into their home.
PAWmicon’s main attraction is “Cosplay for a Cause,” which features adorable animals wearing themed costumes. Attendees are encouraged to participate in the PAWSplay photo contest by dressing up their pets and uploading photos.
“Super Honey” at PAWmicon 2013 (Helen Woodward Animal Center)
A dog dressed up at Captain America at PAWmicon 2013 (Helen Woodward Animal Center)
An adorable pup dressed up as a princess (Helen Woodward Animal Center)
A dog dressed up as Gumby (Helen Woodward Animal Center)
Categories include Superheroes, Super Villains, Pop Culture Pups and Dynamic Duos. (The latter category is for those with multiple pets ... or for owners who are brave enough to dress up alongside their furry friend.) Winners will be announced July 8.
In addition to “Cosplay for a Cause,” the two-day festivities include panel discussions and interviews, virtual reality experiences, and pup-culture trivia.
Tickets are $25 per person, and all proceeds support pets and programs at Helen Woodward Animal Center. Buy tickets at animalcenter.org/events/pawmicon.