Woofstock set for Saturday

Saranac Healy of Perth gets kisses from pitbull named Rouch at the kissing booth at the sixth annual Woofstock fundraiser Sept. 16 in Broadalbin. With her are her twin brother, Dakota, and mother, Liz. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

GLOVERSVILLE — Area residents and their pets will have a chance to support the Regional Animal Shelter during the seventh annual Woofstock benefit Saturday at the Concordia Club from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The event featuring peace, love and drool incorporates animals and music during the shelter’s biggest fundraising event of the year.

“It’s our annual event where we have a family friendly, pet friendly fundraiser,” Regional Animal Shelter Board of Directors President Renee Earl said Monday. “It’s always been a favorite of the community, people come from all over the capital district to attend the event, some bring pets, some don’t, but it’s always a good time for everybody.”

The event will feature a variety of raffle baskets, a 50/50 raffle, a buffet lunch catered by C & R Restaurant, a cash bar, live music performed by Sheaman and the Mayfield Rover and a puppy kissing booth. Pets on non-retractable leashes are welcome to attend the event.

“Having an event where it’s a safe environment to bring your pet is important to a lot of pet owners, because they don’t like to leave their pets at home when they go out,” Earl said. “And it’s a great opportunity for dogs we have adopted to come back and visit us in a less formal environment than the shelter.”

New this year will be demonstrations by trained agility dogs running through an course that will be set up on site. Once the pros run through the course, pet owners can work with the on hand agility trainer to test their own dog’s skills and agility.

Woofstock will also be held in a new venue this year at the Concordia Club. The event was previously held at the Robin’s Nest, but Earl said the organizing committee felt the event had outgrown its longtime home, reaching maximum capacity last year.

“Every year the event gets bigger and bigger so moving it to an outdoor venue, they felt, was in the best interest of the event itself,” Earl said.

Earl said around 260 people attended Woofstock last year, raising just over $10,000 to support the shelter.

“Of course we’d love to beat last year’s record, but we’re grateful and thankful for any dollars that we raise,” Earl said. “The money that we raise for the shelter is what we rely on to get us through the winter months.”

Money raised during Woofstock contributes to the costs associated with caring for and housing dogs at the Regional Animal Shelter during the winter, including heating and electricity. Earl noted that the shelter is staffed entirely by volunteers with donations from the community. The no-kill shelter does not receive any state or county funding.

“Everyone is 100 percent volunteer, no one receives a dime for any of their work at the shelter,” Earl said. “Every dollar that is raised though our fundraiser can be guaranteed to go towards the animals.”

Earl said about 150 to 200 dogs enter the eight kennel shelter as strays each year. Dogs that are received are held for five days for owners to claim them, those that are not claimed are made available for adoption after receiving veterinary care.

“Our biggest expense is usually the veterinary care, because most of them come with little to no vet care and some are sick or injured so they will need more than average care,” Earl said. “In a very rare instance we will get a dog in great condition and they will need just basic routine care, but that’s a very rare case.”

Donations to the shelter throughout the year and proceeds collected during Woofstock cover the cost of veterinary care for the dogs as well as food, supplies, housing the animals and providing toys and treats.

“All of the money goes towards them,” Earl said. “It’s a great event that everyone can feel welcome at and it’s to raise money for an exceptional cause.”

Admission for the seventh annual Woofstock to benefit the Regional Animal Shelter is $15 for adults and $10 for children under 13. Children five and under get in free. Pets on non-retractable leashes are welcome to attend.

Tickets to Woofstock are currently available for purchase at the Regional Animal Shelter at 117 W. Fulton St. or they may be purchased at the door.