From a pet costume contest to cutest and ugliest dog contests, a charity event Saturday at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park should be fun for the whole family - including dogs, event organizers said.
Paws for a Cawse, a free event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, is designed to bring money and awareness to two charities, Hillsborough House of Hope and Kids and Canines.
"These are two small charities that really need a lot of help - we're talking about charities with very small member bases," Tampa police spokeswoman Andrea Davis said.
Saturday's event also includes: Tampa police canine and equine demonstrations, Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office canine demonstrations, a pet and owner look-alike contest, pet adoption opportunities and a national Frisbee champion.
Hillsborough House of Hope offers a temporary home for women who were inmates in the county's jail system, trying to give them a better chance once they re-enter society.
Kids and Canines, which began in Hillsborough in 1998, teams truant middle school students and golden retrievers. The students train the golden retrievers to be assistance dogs for children with autism or people with physical disabilities.