San Diego’s PAWmicon: Dogs in PAWsplay Costumes Raise Money for Nonprofit

I’m going to go out on a limb and assume that, unless you’ve been living under a rock, you have heard of San Diego Comic-Con. Previously called the Golden State Comic Book Convention, this event has been going on since 1970, and is the largest convention of its kind in the world.

But we’re not really here to talk about people in costumes celebrating pop culture, I’m here to tell you about dogs in costumes celebrating pup culture. San Diego may be home to Comic-Con, but did you know that it’s also home to PAWmicon?

The 7th annual PAWmicon just happened on July 7th, and if you happened to miss the 2019 event, you’re going to want to hear all about it!

Pet Cosplay, Food, Vendors, Games, and More Raised Over $40,000

This year’s PAWmicon happened in a new venue, the future home of Balboa Park’s Comic-Con museum (formerly the Hall of Champions). The event featured pet cosplay (or “PAWSplay”) contests, with categories for superheroes, supervillains, cartoon canines, pop culture pups, and dynamic duos (for two dogs or a dog and a human).

There were also themed photo opportunities, food, music, vendors and artists, games and activities for kids, geek trivia, and more. It was a benefit to raise money for the orphan pets and programs at Helen Woodward Animal Center, a Rancho Santa Fe nonprofit that focuses on pet adoption and humane education.

The event helped raise over $40,000 for the center! Are you ready to check out some of the adorable PAWSplay costumes?

Of Course There Was a Game of Thrones Dynamic Duo

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I Knew Ewoks Were Cute, But This is the Cutest by Far

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The Man of Steel is This Pup’s Favorite Superhero

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This Beautiful Pup Dressed as Wonder Woman

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Duh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh BATMAN

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This Dark Night Brought His Trusty Sidekick

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Dogs and Owners Alike Dressed for the Occasion

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All Smiles From This Little Jedi

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Nelda the Dog is Another Adorable Ewok at the Event

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Super Heroes and Their Super Pups!

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