Dog Masquerade Raises Money for Sandy Victims

By Meredith Hoffman on November 9, 2012 12:44pm 

GREENPOINT — Greenpoint's dogs are donning princess and superhero costumes this weekend to raise money for the humans and animals devastated by Hurricane Sandy.

The hurricane forced organizers to cancel the annual Halloween pet parade in McGolrick Park, so they decided to hold an even more glamorous masquerade ball instead.

"We couldn't reschedule Halloween," Assemblyman Joseph Lentol said of the canceled parade hosted by the pet store District Dog. "So we're going to have a masquerade ball and a block party."

Lentol and District Dog invite pets and their owners this Sunday to the Dog Masquerade, a fundraiser for both the two- and four-legged victims of Hurricane Sandy, Lentol said. Donations of money and canned food will be accepted at the celebration.

"We're looking for canned food for humans and canines," Lentol said. "There are a lot of pets that haven't eaten as well."

The afternoon event, from 1 to 4 p.m., will run on Russell Street between Driggs and Nassau avenues, Lentol said.

"We'll try to keep it on the end away from the Greenmarket on Nassau Avenue, since the dogs may want to go eat the food there," he chuckled.

Lentol said organizes have not yet determined which relief organization will receive the collected donations.

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