MIDLOTHIAN – A local non-profit is infusing a little fun into their mission to assist animals at the Midlothian Animal Shelter.

The Friends of the Midlothian Animal Shelter will hold Paws and Pumpkins from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Oct. 29 at the Civic Center Park. The event will include trick-or-treating for dogs and children, as well as costume contests for dog and owner look alike, scariest and most creative.

All funds raised at the event will help the organization make animals more comfortable in the shelter as well as helping them find a home instead of being euthanized when the shelter gets crowded, said organization member Marilyn Jones.

Organization members try to adopt animals before the shelter is forced to euthenics them because of lack of space at the shelter, said Sundee Mahone, vice president of the organization board. They will then provide them with a temporary foster home while searching for a permanent home as well as the required shots, spaying or neutering.

“Some people still don't know there is an animal shelter in Midlothian,” Mahone said, or confuse the non-profit for the city run shelter.

The woman said they hope the event will help residents learn more about the city's shelter and the Friends organization.

But mostly the event will be a fun event for families and pets to attend, Jones said. There will be games for pets like peanut butter licking contests and lots of raffle prizes to award.

“There are not a lot of events around town you can take your pet to,” Mahone said.

Entrance to the event is free for everyone. There is a $5 fee per pet to enter the costume contests. Raffle tickets will be sold at the event.

– Contact Bethany Kurtz at 469-517-1450 or email bkurtz@waxahachietx.com. Follow her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BethanyKurtzMidloMirror or on Twitter @bethmidlomirror.