Celebrating Lionesses and Dogs

Written by Neil Farrell

Neil has been a journalist covering the Estero Bay Area for over 27 years. He’s won numerous journalism awards in several different categories over his career.

April 19, 2024

The Cayucos Lioness Club’s Annual Easter Dog Parade saw pooches of every size and type and their best friends gather Saturday, March 30 at Cayucos Pier for a march down Front Street and around to Ocean Avenue. 

Dozens of dogs entered the parade wearing all manner of fancy garb — from a tutu and bunny ears to a cute bumble bee costume — the dogs seemed as happy to be there as the people were. 

The event is a fundraiser for the Club’s vital Mutt Mitt Program that provides dispensers and plastic dog waste bags at public access points all along the beach. The club has 50 dispensers spread out from Toro Creek to the Estero Bluffs State Park; provides over 275,000 bags free to the public along with 10 trashcans to collect the bags (otherwise folks might leave them along the trails). They also pay a company to empty the cans 2-3 times a week. That company specializes in composting pet wastes. Without this program, the town’s beautiful beaches would not be so enjoyable. 

The Club relies on donations from the public to keep the Mutt Mitt Program going. They are also regular fixtures at the Independence Day Parade on July 4. For more on the Club’s activities, see the website at: cayucoslioness.org. 

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