It’s a cold November afternoon, but there is no stopping the annual pet parade on Quinpool Road.
Around 40-50 dogs and at least one cat were dressed up in their cozy Christmas outfits on Saturday.
“This typically attracts crazy dog people,” said Karla Nicholson, executive director of the Quinpool Road Mainstreet District Association.
The pet parade kicked off at 11 a.m. behind the Oxford Taproom. After the parade, the Nova Scotia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty (SPCA) held photo sessions with Santa Claus for all the animals and their owners as a fundraiser for the society.
Around 10 years ago, Nicholson and the owner of the Halifax Veterinarian Hospital, brainstormed ideas to highlight Quinpool Road as a dog-friendly street and came up with the idea of a pet parade.
“We saw that the SPCA Santa pics were taking place in other parts of the city,” says Nicholson. “We already had a Santa hired for the day for the pet parade, we already had a professional photographer hired for the pet parade, so we’re like, well, this is just a no-brainer.” That’s when they joined the two concepts together: a pet parade followed by professional Santa pet pictures.
“They were really good for them being just puppies,” says Tracy Oldham talking about the parade walk. One of her three french bulldogs just had surgery.
“It’s about celebrating Christmas and bringing our animals in to celebrate with us. They’re part of our family,” says Sonia Landry, a volunteer with the SPCA. “It spreads a lot of positivity and a lot of laughter.”
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