Dogs were barking and beads were flying this past Sunday in downtown Baton Rouge for the Krewe of Mutts Parade, hosted by the Capital Area Animal Society. 

Not only is it a parade, but it's an organized event where the proceeds go to help spay and neuter the homeless animals at CAAWS.

"All of the proceeds go to our spay/neuter program," CAAWS board member and volunteer Libby Haydel said. "We're really proud of that."

Other dog lovers and owners also enjoyed the costume contest and the various treats and tennis balls thrown during the parade.

However, for college students on a budget but love pets, Date-a-dog is the place to go. 

"It's a volunteer event where people over 18 go and check out foster animals," 11th grader and volunteer Sydney Barker said. "They hopefully spread the word and reduce the kill count."

For more information on adoption or volunteering visit their websites at, and if you want to spend a day with a pet visit for more information.