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Parade your pet at Easter event

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A pet parade and costume contest, food drive and adopt-a-thon are on tap April 12 at the Cabezon Recreation Center as part of the Eggs n’ Beggin Pet Event.

Owners are encouraged to parade their pets in bunny, egg and spring-themed costumes, reads a city news release. The animals also can take part in an Easter egg hunt with their owners, get their photos taken with the Easter Bunny and compete in a costume contest. All activities are free except for the costume contest, which has a registration fee of a donation of a small bag of pet food or two cans of pet food, the city says.

Registration for the parade and costume contest will take place the day of the event, starting at 9 a.m. Festivities officially kick off at 10 a.m. with the pet parade, which will be followed by the costume contest.

Proof of vaccinations must be provided as part of the registration process and dogs must be on a leash with a collar during the events. Animal participants are subject to the approval of city staff.

At the event, a variety of different dogs and cats will be available for adoption from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Donation items being sought for animals include lightly used toys, crates, beds, food and blankets. Proceeds collected will be divided among rescue groups present at the event.

Call 891-5015 with questions about the parade or contest. The city’s Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department, Pet Food Gone Wild and rescue groups are putting on the event.

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