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Angels of Assisi animals trick-or-treat at local businesses

This is the organization's third annual Wag-O-Ween

ROANOKE, Va. – Halloween has gone to the dogs for Angels of Assisi’s third annual Wag-O-Ween.

Tuesday, pets up for adoption at Angels of Assisi dressed up in costume and put a new spin on trick-or-treating, visiting area businesses.

"We just have so many businesses that participate year after year, so it's definitely a hit," Angels of Assisi board member Waynette Anderson said.

This year, Wag-O-Ween brought smiles to people at about 20 area businesses. That included a stop at 10 News.

It's about more than just a fun break in the day with festive furry friends.

"It also gets a lot of exposure for the animals that are adoptable," Anderson said.

Each business also collected donations for the organization.

"We brought all kinds of beds and towels and little different things to make them more comfortable in their setting until they find a new home," local realtor Stephanie Varney said.

Some people who donated say this is just the beginning of their efforts to help animals in need.

"We’re starting to actually reach out to our clients and the local shelters in the area to actually support and sponsor some of the animals to get adopted," Varney said.

With every donation collected and every tail wagged, organizers hope people will think about walking away with more than just memories this Wag-O-Ween.

"People have that bond, they form a bond right away, they just know 'this is the pet for me,' and so hopefully that will happen for somebody today," Anderson said.

Organizers said they hope the day will mean lots of tricks for treats that could help animals in need find a forever home this Halloween.