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UPDATED OCT. 13, 2020


Justin Rudd's nonprofit 501c3 Community Action Team (C.A.T.)

organization (pronounced "HOT") is a diverse and growing network of dog owners, lovers, educators, rescuers and supporters. Our common bond has resulted in a unique and lively community of folks who share some qualities of our favorite dogs: devotion, spirit and tenacity.

Through educational outreach and events, we hope to help inspire a better understanding and appreciation of dogs, dispel damaging myths, encourage responsible ownership practices, and offer practical adoption and rescue opportunities.

This Web site is dedicated to my late English Bulldogs Rosie and Riley, and to all dogs who continue to be brave and loving.

Warm regards,

Justin Rudd!
Exec. Director
Community Action Team
a 501c3 nonprofit
& Haute Dogs

THE MAIN PURPOSE of the Community Action Team (CAT) is to promote social well-being among the general public. As a 501c3 nonprofit corporation governed by a board of directors, contributions to CAT are tax deductible and are used to help produce quality events within our community that benefit children, animals and the environment.

C.A.T. IS AN UMBRELLA organization that includes Haute Dogs and:

4Halloween Kids Costume Contest
4July 4 Kids Bike Parade
Haute Dog Poetry Contest
4Interfaith Blessing of the Animals
l Kidsl Spelling Bee
National Adult Spelling Bee
4Belmont Shore Sidewalk Chalk Art
4Haute Dogs on the Beach events
4Haute Dog Howl'oween Parade
4Operation Easter Basket
4Operation Santa Paws
45k/10k Long Beach Turkey Trot
4monthly 30-Minute Beach Cleanups
Clothing giveaways to the underserved
4Bulldog Beauty Contest

4Long Beach Losers - a weight-loss contest
4Long Beach Giving Project




CANCELLED: No special events are being allowed in Long Beach because of COVID. If this policy changes before Sat., Oct. 31, 2020, we will reevaluate having our annual Howl'oween Parade. For now, an in-person parade has not been planned for 2020.

Again this year, all proceeds pay for spay/neuter clinics.

DOG ENTRIES WINNERS: First place was #332, I Scream Truck; Second place was #335, Hogwarts. Other finalists: 289, pirates; 329, blue Standard Poodle; 296; 82, Day of the Dead; 398, Jurassic Park; 355, Ursula; 379, prince?; 109, giraffe; 124 Hot Wheels; 48, Lakers car; 352, Pomeranian?; 74, Coco; 282 Aladdin; 349, poker team; 249, Up; 79, police group; 348 Day of the Dead; 337, ?; 72, Peter Pan.

HUMAN ENTRY WINNERS: 132, Elton John; 387 Magic School; 82, Day of the Dead; 446, The Exorcist; 292, tax keeper; 448, Baby Shark; 388, ?; 400, mermaid; 63, alien; 377, rainbow ?; 54, Dorothy?; 522, Toy Story; 1 Avocado; 384, Ariel; 520, Firemen kids; 99 Dorothy

Howl'oween Parade

- $10/dog/advance
- $20/dog/event day
- $35/VIP dog (walks near front of parade)
- $10/reserved seat/advance, be seated before the parade begins
- $5/seat/event day
- $200/canopy/six chairs/advance
- FREE to spectate
- FREE for humans in parade

Vendor details at very bottom of this page. Sponsorhip levels at $500, $1,000 and $2,500.

CANCELLED: The 19th annual HAUTE DOG HOWL'OWEEN PARADE is Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019, 2:30 p.m. at Marina Vista Park, 5355 E. Eliot St. Long Beach, 90803.


haute dog howloween parade logo justin rudd19th annual
Haute Dog Howl'oween Parade
Vendors, Pet Adoption Fair & Kids/Adults Costume Contest

World's largest Halloween pet event!


CANCELLED: THE PARADE is Sun., Oct. 27, 2019, 2:30 p.m. The stat/finish is at Marina Vista Park, 5355 E. Eliot St. Long Beach, 90803 (at the end of Marine Stadium; across from the fire station, by the tennis courts). The parade is on the concrete bike path that runs through the park from Colorado St. to Eliot St.

The vendor fair and pet adoption fair is in the park from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Costumed kids and adults without dogs (humans can register for FREE) will lead the parade at 2:25 p.m., followed by the dogs at 2:30 p.m.

Register to be in the human costume parade and/or dog costume parade at the white registration tent in the park after 12:30 p.m.

The parade expects 450+ dressed-up dogs and lasts about 45 minutes.

SEATING Bring your own folding chair for the second row for free, or rent one of our 600 front-row seats IN THE PARK for just $10/advance/reserved or $5/cash on-site, if not sold out, starting at about 1 p.m. The seats did sell out last year. Please bring correct change.

No Native American costumes
at the Haute Dog Howl'oween Parade. It is our policy to treat people with honor, dignity and respect -- regardless of their beliefs, gender, age, race, creed, sexual orientation, special needs and ethnicity.

is free street parking surrounding the very large park. You can also park in the Marine Stadium parking lot, accessed from Appian Way, behind the fire station. PARKING MAP

Available for $35/advance registration or upgrade on-site. The dog/owner can walk near the front of the parade. VIPs will line-up as directed at sign-in and will step off first at 2:30 p.m.
Get your VIP wristband at the registration tent near the start line when you arrive. Your VIP donations help us raise even more money for charity.

DOG PARADE REGISTRANTS - Rain or shine event. See you there. Dog parade starts at 2:30. Register on-site, near the start line.

Sign-in at the white Haute Dogs registration tent when you arrive, near the start of the parade route close to Colorado Street. There will be a line for VIP registrants, day-of registrants and a line for pre-paid registrants. Wear your bib number on the human's front so judges can easily see your number.

Finalists will be the judges' favorite entries -- a combination from any of the following categories: individual dogs, groups, or floats.

Judges are Looking for:
- best costumes on dogs
- best costumes on people walking a dog in the parade
- best groups (any combo of at least two dogs/people)
- best "floats" Limit 5' wide. A float is any dog(s) riding in/upon/within a moving, non-motorized device; such as a wagon or pulled cart.

An entry can be a single dog dressed up, a group of dogs dressed up, a contingent of dog(s) with their person(s). Each dog must be registered separately, and paid.

Arrive at 11 a.m. or noon and stay til 5 p.m. to help with registration, water stations, start/finish line, etc. Also, please bring a bag of ice or case of waters when you arrive. We really need help at 4:30 with take down and trash pickup. RSVP to


Cats & DogsEMERGENCY VET ON-SITE from about 1-4 p.m.
is Dr. Greg Perrault from Cats & Dogs Animal Hospital -- near the registration tent.

FREE FOR HUMANS: We encourage humans (adults and kids) to wear costumes, too! It's free to enter the human costume contest/parade at 2:25, just before the Howl'oween dog parade begins at 2:30. Just be signed-in at the registration tent to get your entry number. Humans should wear entry number on their torso area. Those without and those with a dog will be considered for the cash prizes in the human costume contest. Awards will take place about 3:30 in the open park area behind the vendor row. Prizes are cash for the humans.

You do not have to enter dogs in the parade. Just come watch the parade, or walk in the parade in your costumes, with or without a dog.

Dogs are welcome to watch the parade if they stay behind the white row of chairs or in your lap.

Kids and dogs are not allowed to sit in front of the front row of chairs.

You can bring your own chair and sit on the second row.

ALL entry fees go to Justin Rudd's nonprofit Community Action Team (CAT), focusing on events/projects for kids, dogs and beach cleanups. You can register til 3 p.m. on event day.

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Halloween Costume ContestHUMANS are invited to lead the Howl'oween Parade this year and there will be a few $10 prizes to those kids (more for the adults) with the best outfits. There is no charge to enter the costume contest, but a signed entry form is required. Register at the orange tent by 2:15, and judges will be doing some preliminary judging then. Volunteers will line up contestants at 2:20 parallel to the sidewalk along Colorado St. Contestants will start out on the parade route at 2:25 p.m. Contestants are welcome to walk with their dogs (only if the dog has registered for the Howl'oween Parade). Awards will announced in the park behind the row of vendors about 3:30.


kids costume contest long beach Parents are welcome to walk along with their kids in the parade.

Every costumed adult and kid in the parade will be considered for awards. If you are walking a dog in the dog parade, please register your dog for the Haute Dog Howl'oween Parade at the top of the page.

haute dog halloween parade JUDGES
- Teen, Miss, Ms., and Mrs. Long Beach
- Teen, Miss, Ms., and Mrs. Southern California Cities

12:30 - 4:30
p.m.; dogs, puppies, cats, kittens, and more!

Howl'oween Parade4LAST YEAR'S HOWL'OWEEN PARADE included more than 400 costumed dogs and entertained approx. 3,000 dogless gawkers. The event helped to raised about $13,000 for the nonprofit 501c3 Community Action Team (CAT) of which Haute Dogs is a part.

Judging will be based on originality, showmanship, detail of costume and first impression. Judges will be under a white canopy along the red carpet on the concrete bike path during the parade.

The nonprofit 501c3 Community Action Team (CAT) and its partners that include Haute Dogs, the Dog Beach Zone, the monthly 30-Minute Beach Cleanups, the So Cal Kids' Spelling Bee Championship, Operation Santa Paws, the Great American Kids' July 4 Bike Parade, Operation Easter Basket and more.

sponsorship opportunities, contact $500-$10,000. Current sponsors include: Haute Dogs, Justin Rudd and his 501c3 nonprofit Community Action Team (CAT), Raising Caine's and Coucilwoman Suzie Price.

Immediately after the parade. Approx. 3:30 p.m.


Only $25 for rescue groups who offer animals for adoption; $50 for nonprofits; $75, $100 & $150 options for commercial vendors. DETAILS HERE or pay at the bottom of this page.

Only allow your escorts to pause ever so briefly for photo opport
unties. Hold your head up high and work the runway!

Parade Rules
4No Native American costumes.
4All dogs must remain leashed.
4Rabies and vaccinations must be current.
4Wear I.D. tags at all times.
4No dogs in heat.
4No aggressive dogs.
4Costumes must be safe and comfortable for dogs.
4Dogs that are older, flat-faced, have breathing issues, or dressed in very hot costumes can walk past the judges and exit the parade route. You are not required to walk the entire parade route. Your dog's safety is the priority.
4No puppies under 4 months or w/o vaccinations.
4Have fun!

Haute Dog Howl'oween Parade

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2019 Haute Dog Howl'oween Parade Vendors and Rescue Groups

Choose event/services | all space are 10x10
Vendor booth name (required):

- Add $25 late fee after Oct. 20, 2019 (there is a drop-down box to add to your cart at check-out).
- Facebook page at
- Haute Dog Howl'oween Parade, Sun., Oct. 27, 2019, 2:30 p.m. at Marina Vista Park, 5355 E. Eliot St., 90803.

- Food trucks: We recommend that paid food truck vendors arrive to the corner of Colorado (south side of the street, closest to bike path) at Santiago to set up at 10:30-11 a.m. to reserve your space on the street. Bring your own trash can to put at your truck, and take trash with you. 
- Food vendors setting up in the park can set up at 11 a.m.
- All other vendor and adoption groups can set up at 11:30 a.m. (do not arrive earlier), takedown is 4:30 p.m.
- Vendors are NOT allowed to drive on the grass.
- adoption/rescue groups are not allowed to adopt on site if they do not have a Long Beach Transfer Permit from Long Beach Animal Care Services. All rescue groups can show animals and finish the adoption at a later date/time/place. The transfer license application is free for valid 501c3 rescues. 
- Come to the registration tent in the park after 11:30 to get your space assignment.
- The vendor/adoption fair is 12:30-4:30 p.m. Parade begins at 2:30 p.m.
- We expect that vendors will be allowed to VERY SLOWLY pull into the vendor area after 11:30 a.m. from the corner of Colorado St. @ Santiago Ave. only, to drive up onto the concrete bike path to unload your goods, and then move your vehicle to go park on the street, and then come back and setup your goods.
- City laws only allow groups with "transfer license" from Long Beach Animal Care Services to do on-site adoptions. All rescue groups can show animals and finish the adoption at a later date/time/place, but if they are adopting animals in Long Beach they must have a valid Transfer Permit. The application is free for valid 501 c3 Rescues. Contact with any questions, or to get started with the application.
- All booths will be on grass.
- We can only accept the first 100 vendors/rescues who make payment.
- We accept Paypal, check, or cash.
- Commercial vendor rate is $150, $100, or just $75 for Mom & Pop shops (small, independent, family-owned business."
- We can guarantee you a premium (most likely nearest the registration tent or parade start line) 10x10 space for $150.
- CLICK ABOVE TO PAY ONLINE, or mail check to "Haute Dogs" 275 St. Joseph Ave., Long Beach, 90803.
- Make sure you bring your Long Beach business license or special event permit if you are selling anything (this is different from your seller's permit; details below).
- Each space is 10x10, no electricity available.
- Canopies are NOT required.
- Spaces do NOT include canopy, table, chairs. You can rent them from us (as supply lasts; pay in advance): table/tent for $100; 2 chairs for $10.
- Some food and drink (with special permission from Justin Rudd) vendors accepted, and no human food/drink sampling (without prior written permission,
- Rain or shine event.
- ABSOLUTELY no refunds or transfers.
- Howl'oween vendors that are selling anything will need a special event permit that costs approx. $54.06, or, bring copy of your Long Beach business license. Click here for the special event vendor application. Direct all licensing questions to 562/570-6211. NOTE: Nonprofits can apply for a free event vendor application from the business license office.
- Special Event Vendor Application —pdf
- Temporary Food Facility Requirements —pdf
- We do not guarantee placement.
- Please provide a fire extinguisher at your booth, if you have a canopy.
- Bring a sack lunch and snacks, or enjoy food from the food trucks near the start line.
- Take all cardboard and trash with you.
- We encourage vendors to have an "event special" that is a specially-priced item(s) just for shoppers that day.