Rearick-Carpenter hosts Pet Halloween Party to benefit Lycoming SPCA

Peyton Lamey, left, age 9, of Jersey Shore, holds her dog Ruger, and Pirate princess Seneca Laubach, 10, holds her Maltese mix Blu.


For The Express

JERSEY SHORE — They were dressed in  Halloween costumes and roaming around inside the Rearick-Carpenter Funeral Home on Sunday afternoon.

There was a lobster, a devil, even a bumblebee, and all were canines.

The Pet Halloween Party was held at the funeral home from noon until 3 p.m. as a fundraiser for the Lycoming County SPCA.

“We wanted to raise awareness to help find homes for some of the dogs and cats in the SPCA shelter,” explained Zach Pittenger, who organized the event and is also a grief counselor at the funeral home.

Moreover, the fundraiser collected food, cleaning supplies, and other items to help the shelter, according to Pittenger.

Along with the dogs strutting their Halloween finest, some of the children dressed for the occasion as well.

Nine-year-old Peyton Lamey, from Jersey Shore, dressed as Robin Hood while her mix breed, Ruger, wore his devil dog outfit.

“It’s fun dressing a dog up for Halloween so the dogs can have fun too,” said Lamey.

Jim Carpenter and his wife Jolene had their dog Yoshee, a Sheltie, at the event and thanked the owner of the funeral home, Brian Leffler, for giving his blessing to hold the event in the funeral home, even though to some it seemed to be a strange place to hold a doggie Halloween party.

“To some extent, we wanted to kind of “defuneralize” the funeral home and to give back to the community and to be able to involve the community as well,” explained Pittenger.

“We wanted to be able to involve the community in a way other than serving families in their time of need and meeting people when it’s not a sad time,” he added.

Anyone interested in donating food or supplies on behalf of the Lycoming County SPCA, they can drop the items off at the Rearick-Carpenter Funeral Home, 1002 Allegheny St., until Friday.