Recipes, booths, dogs and one cat were judged Sunday, but the real winners were Laguna's three animal shelters.
The 15th annual Pet Parade & Chili Cookoff raised $18,000 for the Laguna Beach Animal Shelter, Blue Bell Foundation for Cats and the Pacific Marine Mammal Center.
All three facilities are located in Laguna Canyon and suffered damage in the December deluge, but all are now operating at full bore.
The city shelter cares for lost, stray, sick or injured animals rescued by Animal Services officers in Laguna Beach and Laguna Woods. Every effort is made to reunite pets with their owners. Unclaimed animals are treated by a veterinarian, spayed or neutered and put up for adoption in a compatible home.
The shelter is open from 11 a.m to 4 p.m., seven days a week. The staff is assisted by volunteers.
Friends of the Sea Lions volunteer their services and raise funds for the marine mammal center next door to the shelter. There is nothing the staff and volunteers love more than being able to release healthy sea mammals they have rescued and rehabilitated back into the ocean.