Dogtoberfest continues dog costume competition, raises funds for local humane society

After Sunday’s 13th annual Dogtoberfest, animals at the Dane County Humane Society will benefit from the donations collected at the event.

The festival continued its dog costume contest at the Capital Brewery and Bier Garten, where dogs dressed in a variety of costumes or were groomed for a new look.

“It’s been some stiff competition,” DCHS public relations coordinator Marissa DeGroot said. “I know we’ve got last year’s winners here trying to defend their title, so it should be interesting.”

Deb Compton, a dog groomer at Pet Supplies Plus in Fitchburg and the owner of a dog named Canvas, won the costume contest last year. She groomed Canvas so that his fur looked like a jaguar with sloths. Compton said she uses dog-safe dyes.

“We haven’t always come out victorious,” Compton said. “(But) we’re hoping to win this year.”

Following Dogtoberfest was the first Dogtoberfest After Pawty. The humane society was given 10% of the food and drink proceeds.

The entry fee for Dogtoberfest was $10 per person, and those funds were given directly to DCHS. DeGroot said 9,000 animals come in to DCHS each year and this money helps take care of the animals.

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