'Howl-oween' to help local animal rescue shelter

MT Cup to host dog costume contest to benefit ARF

The MT Cup will be hosting its first ever "Howl-oween" Dog Costume Contest to raise money for Muncie's Animal Rescue Fund on Wednesday.

The contest will start at 6 p.m. Wednesday on the MT Cup patio. The winner of the contest will receive a trophy and a gift certificate to MT Cup, ARF founder Terri Panszi said.

Contestants can register early by filling out an application at the MT Cup until Tuesday. The cost is $5 per household with a limit of two dogs. Contestants can pay a $5 fee per dog to register the day of the contest.

All proceeds from the registration fees will go to ARF, a "no-kill" animal shelter. ARF's mission is to relieve animal suffering, cruelty, abuse, neglect and overpopulation and to eliminate euthanasia as a form of animal control, Panszi said.

"[MT Cup is] trying to help us fundraise, and the money will go back to ARF to give life to stray, abused and neglected animals," she said. "We are very grateful for anyone who wants to help us help the animals."

MT Cup manager Aron Fenton said he came up with the idea for the contest after adopting his pit bull, Buddy, from ARF during the summer.

"No animal should be put to sleep because they can't find a home," Fenton said.

Panszi said that although no plans have been made, she would love to make Howl-oween an annual event if it's a success.

"It's not unusual for local businesses to help us," she said. "We also have ‘Dog's Night Out' at Ritter's [Frozen Custard]. We've done that for three years."

Fenton said ARF needs as much support as possible because the animal shelter is often at maximum capacity.

Fenton said his dog will be dressed up on the night of the event. Buddy will wear a pumpkin costume. Fenton chose the costume because it's popular for any person's or dog's first Halloween.

Liz Mensching contributed to this story.

The contest will start 6 p.m. Wednesday on the MT Cup patio. All proceeds will benefit the Animal Rescue Fund in Muncie. The winner will receive a trophy and MT Cup gift certificate.


  • Applications will be available until Tuesday at the MT Cup. The cost is $5 per household, with a limit of two dogs.
  • Contestants can pay $5 per dog to register the day of the contest.

Halloween cautions for your pet

  • Keep your dog inside. It might be frightened from all the people running around and may bite.
  • Keep candy out of their reach. Chocolate in large doses can be fatal to dogs.
  • Keep your cat inside. Cats go missing more often on Halloween than any other day of the year.

Source: ARF founder Terri Panszi


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