PRESS RELEASE: 15th Annual Wag-O-Ween to Be Held Despite Recent Death of Event Creator

15th Annual Wag-O-Ween to Be Held Despite Recent Death of Event Creator
The new organizers are also making logistical changes to the event due to COVID-19.

SAVANNAH, GA (August 25, 2020) — The 15th annual Wag-O-Ween pet trick-or-treating event will be held this year on October 24 & 25 despite the death of local businesswoman and event creator, Sara Portman. Portman recently succumbed to her battle with lung cancer before she could see Wag-O-Ween’s 15th year fulfilled, but her friends at The Hipster Hound and Renegade Paws Rescue are taking over this year’s preparations per her wishes.

The Sara Portman Community Fund
In honor of Portman, the new organizers have established the Sara Portman Community Fund. A portion of the proceeds from this year’s Wag-O-Ween and all future events will go to this fund for community spay/neutering, education, and more. The remaining money raised will continue to support local animal rescues in their mission to place animals in “furever” homes and support community education efforts.

“We wanted to make this year’s Wag-O-Ween even more meaningful and special to honor Sara,” said Tonya Rintye of The Hipster Hound. “Without her, this incredible fundraiser wouldn’t exist in the first place.”

About Wag-O-Ween 2020
The 15th annual Wag-O-Ween will be a family- and pet-friendly fundraising event taking place in Downtown Savannah and attracting over 1,000 participants with their furry friends. Humans and animals alike will dress up in Halloween costumes and follow their event maps to over 100 businesses giving out dog treats and goodies. There will also be a costume contest, raffle, and photography stations as part of the event.

Changes to Wag-O-Ween
Because of COVID-19, Wag-O-Ween will take place over two days this year on Saturday, October 24 and Sunday, October 25 from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. to allow for fewer crowds each day. All human participants will also be required to wear face coverings at all times during the event per city ordinance.

“Our thought is that half of the participants will come on Saturday and the other half on Sunday so everyone is more spread out,” explained Rintye. “We hope these precautions will keep all participants safe and healthy.”

In addition, the registration and pick-up process will be completely streamlined this year. Participants can register and donate ahead of time on the Wag-O-Ween website at During the week of the event, participants can pick up their supplies at multiple locations throughout Savannah including establishments in Habersham Village, Sandfly, and Isle of Hope.

“The idea is to eliminate everyone congregating around one pick-up location the day of the event,” described Rintye. “By registering online and picking everything up beforehand, humans and their pets can start their trick-or-treating right when they leave the house!”

To learn more about Wag-O-Ween registration, locations, and sponsorship opportunities, visit the Wag-O-Ween website at The website will be updated frequently as more details are determined closer to the event.

About The Hipster Hound
The Hipster Hound is a family-owned pet products and services company located in Savannah. They offer dog daycare, grooming, boarding, retail, and more at two locations. Visit for more information.

About Renegade Paws Rescue
Renegade Paws Rescue is a 501(c)(3) volunteer-based organization dedicated to providing the highest level of care for unwanted, abused, or injured dogs in the Coastal Empire and surrounding areas. Visit for more information.


Media Contact:
Tonya Rintye
The Hipster Hound, LLC
(912) 658-1789

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