PAW-micon is Helen Woodward Animal Center’s (HWAC) way of celebrating Comic-Con and bringing attention to their adoptable pets at the same time. The industrious group at HWAC continually comes up with new and exciting ways to keep the focus on orphaned pets. They are willing to go the extra miles with their events; anything it takes to acquire forever homes for their furry friends.
So, while they have been celebrating PAW-micon for the past few years, this is the very first time that the event was held in the downtown Gaslamp Quarter. The adoptables were present at that venue for the convention this year dressed in their Comic-Con-themed best. The goal was still to find superheroes with one distinct mission in mind – and that was that they were there to adopt an orphaned pet.
The event was held on Friday, July 25th between 7:00 until 11:30 a.m. at the Davis House Park (410 Island Avenue in San Diego) on the corner of 4th and Island. The staging was a perfect location since comic book enthusiasts would be walking through the downtown Gaslamp Quarter on their way to this year’s Comic-Con International. The hope was that they would catch sight of the uniquely comical critters, located just wagging distance from the San Diego Convention Center, and spring into action.
Themed adoptables were dressed up as “Bark Kent” (aka Superdog), “The PAW-nisher”, Woof Vader (from The Empire Barks Back), “Rodd Bark” (from Game of Bones) and “Boo” (from Pixar’s PAW-nsters Inc.). By presenting the animals in their costumed best, HWAC was inviting the people passing by to snap photos of their favorite loveable pet and share the photos so that the animals of HWAC could gain fans and find adopters “pawing” at the doors to meet and adopt their favorite character.
All PAW-micon efforts were being made with one sole purpose - to draw the attention of potential adopters inspired to perform a superhero action of their own and provide a lucky pet with a forever home. It was expected that over 130,000 people would line up for the excitement of seeing a few comic-book characters. The Helen Woodward Animal Center adoptables certainly would exceed that excitement with untold years of fun and adventure.
Thanks to the efforts of the very tenacious individuals at the Center, many animals do find their forever homes. This goes to show that it just takes some wit and drive to come up with ideas to draw the public in – and then some very deserving animals get what they always wanted – a loving family!