Front Street Animal Shelter’s annual Paws to Party fundraiser goes virtual with ‘Howl-O-Ween’ on Oct. 30

Front Street Animal Shelter’s annual Paws to Party fundraiser is going virtual this year, with a fun-filled “Howl-O-Ween” event scheduled for 6 p.m. on Oct. 30.

For the past several years, Paws to Party, featuring food and drink from area restaurants, wineries, breweries and distilleries, has been a ticketed event held at the California Automobile Museum. But because of the pandemic, this year’s celebration – titled “Paws to Party – Howl-O-Ween Edition — will be held online and free to attend.

Keeping with the “Howl-O-Ween” theme, participants from Oct. 23-29 can submit photos of their pets in Halloween costumes. Winners of the costume contest will be announced live at the thirty-minute Oct. 30 event and will receive cash prizes. Pet owners can access the link for the costume contest at

In the week leading up to the event, people also can bid on silent-auction items on the website.

In addition, Front Street also will be selling a limited number of “Pawrty To-Go Packs.” They come with a stemless collectible wine glass, branded hats and face masks, a coupon for a bottle of wine (must be 21 years old to redeem), goodies for humans and pets and other useful and novelty items perfect to party with at the Oct. 30 event.

Adoptable animals will also be making an appearance in the live event.

Front Street Manager Phillip Zimmerman said he sees the event as a great way to include everyone who supports Front Street and an opportunity to thank the community for its continued support.

“The pandemic has interrupted a lot of things in our lives, but people are finding new ways to stay connected,” Zimmerman said. “Let’s have fun on Oct. 30 and celebrate the joy that our pets bring to us during these difficult days.”

Proceeds from the silent auction and the “Pawrty To Go Packs” benefit the Friends of Front Street Shelter, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that supports the Front Street Animal Shelter and other animal-welfare causes in the Sacramento region.

For more information on the organization and the event, go to

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