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Costumed pets, pet-themed brews Thursday at Tap It
Yappy Hour Howl-o-ween benefits Humane Society of Northeast Georgia
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Tap IT and the Humane Society of Northeast Georgia will be teaming up for Yappy Hour Howl-o-ween from 5-7 p.m. Thursday. The drinks featured during the event will be Dogfish Head Craft brews and Chateau La Paws wines. Tap IT will have games, prizes, pet-themed brews and a pet costume contest. - photo by Erin O. Smith

Frequent customers at Tap It Gainesville Growlers wanted a Halloween party with their dogs on the guest list.

And that’s what they’ll get.

“Friday night we’re having a human costume party here, and people were talking about wanting to bring their pets,” said Tap IT owner Zack Thompson. “It gets kind of crowded, so we decided to have a second party Thursday for the pets.”

Tap IT is hosting Yappy Hour Howl-o-ween from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, and canines and their human companions are invited.

“We’ll have a pet costume contest with local celebrity judges,” Thompson said. “We’ll give out prizes from Tap IT, treats from the local pet treat company, Look Who’s Happy, and we’ll have Chateau La Paws wines.”

Thompson said Dogfish Head brews will be available along with the wines. Chateau La Paws donates a portion of its sales to no-kill shelters across the country, and the Tap IT event will benefit the Humane Society of Northeast Georgia.

“We’re a dog-friendly growler station here, so we have a lot of customers who come in with their pets,” Thompson said. “We thought it would only be appropriate to help the Humane Society and have some of our customers bring their pets.”

Julie Edwards, executive director of the Humane Society of Northeast Georgia, said the event is a few months in the making.

“We talked with them back in the spring about pairing, but with scheduling, the fall was the first time we could get something on the calendar,” Edwards said. “A lot of humane agencies or animal rescue agencies do yappy hours around the country. It’s just a fun thing and a way to include a different supporter. It’s just a fun night.”

Tap IT recently celebrated its one-year anniversary, and Thompson said he hopes to make events like Yappy Hour recur annually.

The costume contest will take place at 6 p.m. and will offer prizes for the “scariest, funniest and cutest” pet costumes. All well-behaved, vaccinated and leashed pets are welcome.

“It’s really a chance for us to get out into the community,” Edwards said. “It’s just great that they’re allowing people to bring their pets with them and just have a fun evening while hopefully supporting the Humane Society.”