RAPID CITY, SD — Spooky season went to the dogs Sunday afternoon at Tails N’ Training* in Rapid City as the seventh annual Poochaween event took place. Dogs and some of their best friends showed up in costume in hopes of winning a prize. Treats, games and a professional photographer were on hand, with all proceeds going to the Oglala Pet Project.
What is Poochaween?
“It’s just a fun event where people can hang out, dress up their dogs and sometimes themselves and enjoy the festivities,” said Rebecca Almy, owner of Tails N’ Training. “They don’t even have to dress up, it’s just for a good cause and to enjoy this time of year.”
This year also saw the addition of The Boneyard, where treats donated by sponsors were scattered in a decorative graveyard for the dogs to enjoy.
What is the Oglala Pet Project?
The Oglala Pet Project is a volunteer-run non-profit organization founded in 2011 that helps residents of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation care for their pets and reintegrate any abandoned or unwanted animals, as well as a food bank for anyone in need of pet food. .
“We specifically do two things,” explained Oglala Pet Project volunteer Jana Morehouse. “One is to foster dogs and cats that are in need of homes, and we are working to get them adopted. The other thing we are able to offer is that we do free neutering and low-cost injections, because there are no vets available in Pine Ridge, and so that’s what we provide to the people who live there.
Why is an event like Poochaween so important?
All profits from Poochaween go directly to the programs and services provided by the Oglala Pet Project. More importantly, it gives volunteers like Jana a chance to find animals that have been adopted through the Oglala Pet Project.
“They’ll come out in costume and we’ll see them grow over the years, which is one of the best things.”