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PAWmicon 2024
PAWmicon 2024
Saturday, July 20, 2024 from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM
AleSmith Brewing Company
Contest entries are $20 per pup and a Music Bingo Contest entry is $10 per person.

Helen Woodward Animal Center is delighted to welcome pets and people to our 11th annual Pop Culture-themed Dog Cosplay spectacle – PAWmicon. The adorable event, which pays homage to Comic-Con International is gearing up to return in full tail-wagging force at a brand-new location (AleSmith Brewery) with plenty of space and activities for Superfuzzies big and small.

This family-friendly event encourages attendees to grab their canine sidekick and celebrate with themed photo experiences, music, activities, Comic and Pop Culture Trivia, opportunity drawings, a BARKetplace & Artist Showcase, and more. The highlight of the event is the all-important PAWSplay Contest for superheroes and their heroic dogs, sponsored by Trusted Housesitters. The PAWSplay Contest is separated into three fun categories including Superheroes & Super Villains, Pop Culture Pups and Dynamic Duos – for those who want to dress up alongside their fuzzy family member or have multiple dogs in costume.

While comic book enthusiasts wait all year for Comic-Con International, hoping to catch a glimpse of their favorite action-adventure stars, orphan dogs and cats at Helen Woodward Animal Center will wait a lifetime to meet their superheroes – individuals with one sole mission…to rescue an orphan pet. At its core, this unique event has one life-saving mission: To inspire individuals to perform a superhero action of their own and adopt an orphan pet. Upon adoption, these furry sidekicks will quickly reveal their own superhero abilities to save us right back.

Tickets to PAWmicon are free. PAWsplay Costume Contest entries are $20 per pup and a Music Bingo Contest entry is $10 per person. A 2023 limited-edition PAWmicon t-shirt can be purchased on-site for $20.

  • VIP Lounge access with Food and Drink special can be purchased for $30 per person.
  • Preregister for the Costume Contest or Trivia Contest at
  • On-site registration will be available at the event until 12 p.m.

100% of the proceeds from PAWmicon ticket sales and PAWSplay Contests will go towards supporting the Helen Woodward Animal Center pets and programs.

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Event Supported By

Helen Woodward Animal Center

AleSmith Brewing Company

9990 AleSmith Court
San Diego, California 92126

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Dates and times of events are subject to change without notice. Always check the event organizer's website for the most updated schedule before attending.