The Huntington Beach Youth Shelter will honor some of the most valuable social workers in town Sunday at its annual "Light a Light of Love" celebration.
Their human owners are invited, too.
The shelter, which offers temporary housing to runaway and at-risk teens, brings in therapy dogs every week courtesy of Delta Society. This year, to thank canines for the part they play in rehabilitation, officials have added a new component to the holiday fundraiser by the pier: "Paws for Change," a contest in which owners can dress up their pets and compete for prizes.
Elsa Greenfield, the shelter's director, said she got the idea after noticing dogs in garb at the event in previous years. The event Sunday will center in part around pooches, with the costume contest, some of the shelter's therapy dogs in the parade and Megan Blake, the host of the PBS show "Animal Attractions," serving as master of ceremonies.