Redemption Dogs Halloween Parade

A spooky parade to raise awareness for homeless dogs

By the Get Leashed street team


Halloween is meant to be the spookiest, scariest time of year, but this past Sunday on Queen West is Toronto, it was the cutest time for anyone lucky enough to see the Redemption Dogs Halloween parade stroll by. Many smiles were shed upon a group of dog-rescuers and advocates as they strutted along with their dressed up pups. In tow was a banana, a Minion, a skunk, a martini and so many more costumed crusaders all doing their part to raise awareness for homeless dogs.

Nicole Simone

Nicole Simone, Redemption Dogs’ fearless founder, did another fantastic job organizing an event that goes so far beyond what most people passionate about a cause are capable of. It’s this incredible amount of passion that enables Nicole to rally fellow canine enthusiasts to the downtown core on a chilly Sunday afternoon. Get Leashed was more than happy to tag along and thrilled that Nicole asked us to be one of the judges of the parade – not an easy task at all as so many dogs won over our hearts with their costumes and sweet-as-can-be personalities. A special congrats to the day’s top dog, Maury the Martini – his pop Michael (with help from his wife) found an incredible use for Maury’s old medical cone.

Redemption Dogs Halloween Parade

Nicole would like to give a big thanks to everyone who attended with their dog. Each one represented a way people could help in dog rescue. And a thank you to Get Leashed Magazine, All Good Dog Food, and Earth Rated for supplying prizes. Special thanks to Jon Nelson & Kaylan Hayman from Get Leashed Magazine for photos, reporting and judging. Thank you to Jon Cooper from All Good Dog Food for all the prizes he donated.