7th annual Woofstock

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Are you looking to add a furry friend or companion to your household? The 7th annual Woofstock event might be just what you are looking for! On Saturday, August 3, 100 animals could find new homes. One might be just right for you. This event brings adoptable animals of all varieties, shapes and sizes, to people that are looking to adopt.

For 7 years, the Dugan Foundation has sponsored Woofstock. The mission of the organization is to end the euthanizing of healthy, adoptable animals in Washington State. This event is part of the primary focus of the organization.  Melisa Evangelos, event coordinator for the Dugan Foundation, explained the history of Woofstock, “To serve [our] mission, the Dugan Foundation created the event with a goal of increasing the number of adoptions, getting great animals out of shelters and rescues from other parts of the state with less foot traffic than the Puget Sound, and providing an experience that make adoption not just the right thing to do but a heck of a lot of fun. In recent years, an average of over 100 animals finds new homes in a single day at Woofstock.  We think that’s just awesome.”

When asked who she recommended attend the event, Melisa replied, “Woofstock is geared toward families and individuals who are thinking about adopting a new pet either this year or at some point in the future. However, there truly is something for everyone at Woofstock.  Music lovers and pet lovers alike will find something to enjoy at Woofstock.  We have awesome local bands scheduled to play throughout the day, pet related special events including disc dog and fly ball demonstrations, merchants selling pet related goods and services, and experts on hand to help prospective adopters find just the right new family member.”

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“I love this event because it tackles a serious statewide and national issue–pet homelessness–in an upbeat and fun community event. Our goal is both to educate the public about the importance of pet adoption, to send a record number of pets home with their new families, and to do it in a lively, fulfilled, and relaxed atmosphere.  We encourage families to bring their current pets and use our secure meet and greet pens to introduce everyone in the family to a prospective new pet,” Melisa concluded.

Event Details:
10 am to 3 pm at Todd Field, on the campus of the University of Puget Sound, 1500 N. Warner Street, Tacoma, WA 98416.
The event is free and open to the public.
Donations are appreciated. Money raised will fund Dugan Foundation’s grant program. Shoes and shirt are required. Licensed, leashed, vaccinated and well-behaved pets are welcome. Please, no retractable leashes. Dogs must be leashed and under control at all times.

For more information about the event, please visit: duganfoundation.org or email Melisa at: melisa@duganfoundation.org.

By: Carly Calabrese, staff for Tacoma.com

Edited by Reba Winstead, editor for Tacoma.com

6 thoughts on “7th annual Woofstock”

  1. Great article and event! We adopted both our dogs and love that they are making this process fun and informative!! Thanks for getting the word out!!

  2. I’ve often thought about getting a dog. I have plenty of space but I worry about spending quality time with it since I work a lot. I wouldn’t be fair to the dog. Still deciding.

  3. Melisa Evangelos

    Thank you Tacoma.com for posting this great article about Woofstock. I admit I’m a little biased because I’m the event coordinator, but it really is a amazing event. In addition to our always stellar adoption groups and pet related merchants we will be hosting an awesome musical lineup including Hitch the Pony, Dave Hannon, Sevens Revenge, The Rallies, and the Whoopee Cats. These artists represent some of Tacoma’s best musical talent. Gig Harbor Academy is sponsoring a kid zone jam packed with activities for younger children and everyone will enjoy the disc dog demonstration presented by WOOFD2 and the crazy fly ball antics of the Jet City Jumpers. This place just shouts fun. Make a day of it by combining a trip to Woofstock with the Proctor Arts Festival just up the street and also taking place on Saturday, August 3rd. Beginning soon, pets available at Woofstock will appear on PetFinder tagged as Woofstock pets. You can preview the animals there and on Facebook and, in some cases, even begin the adoption paperwork with the sponsoring organization.

    Bob – If you are even considering a pet, it’s worth a visit. We will have lots of animal experts on site who can talk to you about the right fit. Some dogs require a lot of attention, while others are happy to sleep the day away until you get home. Stop by and chat with some of the rescue groups. You never know what you might find 🙂

    1. You’re quite welcome! I adopted a cat right out of college, and had her for 17 years. After she passed away, we adopted a family dog, and he’s been great.
      -Reba Winstead, Editor

  4. Sherry Larkins

    Any way to match people to pets is wonderful. Being a pet caregiver is challenging but rewarding.

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