PAWmicon with Helen Woodward Animal Center Saturday –

RANCHO SANTA FE (KUSI) – For the eighth consecutive year, Helen Woodward Animal Center will celebrate the spectacular feats of superhero adopters by paying tribute to Comic-Con International with a pop culture-themed Dog Cosplay event titled PAWmicon.

Helen Woodward Animal Center is hosting a PAWmicon-themed weekend featuring pop culture-named orphan pets, comic book-themed giveaways, photo ops, family-themed crafts for kids comic book for young participants, Rush Coffee Cart and Kona Ice for sweets and treats.

Fernanda Lopez, public relations and communications manager for the Helen Woodward Animal Center, joined Good Evening San Diego to discuss the event.

The highly anticipated PAWSplay Costume Contest on Saturday, July 24 between 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., located in the Center’s Human Education Pavilion.

Those interested in entering the competition can register here:

The entry fee is $10 per puppy and all proceeds support the pets and programs of the Helen Woodward Animal Center.
The cosplayers will serve as judges and will be available for post-contest photo ops.

A cartoon-themed kids’ craft will be available for younger attendees and a coffee cart and Kona Ice will also be on hand for candies and treats.

This year, Comic-Con remains COVID-safe in July. Instead of being live downtown, the world-famous event is offering an online virtual experience, titled [email protected]

For the first time ever, Comic-con International is including the Rescue Center in its programming with a panel hosted by the Helen Woodward Animal Center titled Animals in Graphic Novels and Games. The virtual roundtable, which will premiere on July 25 at 11:00 a.m., will feature Chris Ryall and Keith Arem and will be moderated by Robert Rice of Omniscape.

Benjamin M. Yerger