GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) – The Roice-Hurst Humane Society hosted their 5th annual Wuffstock Festival at the Las Colonias Amphitheater last night, which is their biggest fundraiser of the year.
We are told what makes this festival so special is that there are so few places people can bring their dogs while taking advantage of the local vendors and listening to live music, so be able to bring your own. dog and to experience all of these things is truly one of a kind.
“The idea behind this is to have an amazing festival where you can hang out with your dog because there are so few festivals, concerts or places you can take your dogs these days, celebrate the human bond- animal, and at the end of the day you know that all the profits and whatever you spend to come here and buy drinks all go back to the animals, ”said Anna Stout, CEO of the Roice-Hurst Humane Society.
This festival had live music, over 30 local vendors ranging from pet-related services to all kinds of merchandise, food and drink, and of course adoptable dogs. We were told that at least 4 dogs found homes. And all proceeds from this festival went to the Roice Hurst Humane Society which is working with the Mesa County Animal Shelter to find dog homes.
“When we look at the shelter’s role in this community, it’s not just about housing dogs and cats until they are adopted,” Stout said. “We are here in this community because every adopted animal is a better mental health that comes out into the community, better physical health, better companionship, less sense of isolation. So every animal adopted and all the bonds created and maintained between pets and their people create a healthier community overall.
When Roice Hurst thought of this event, the idea was for it to be a celebration of all things dogs. And it’s important for them to collaborate and work with other shelters, which is why Grand Rivers and Harmony were invited. So, they could have as many dog adoptions as possible.
“The shelters are teeming with animals of all ages and abilities,” said Danielle Dyer, director of Harmony Animal Matchmaker and Sanctuary. “It’s a common misconception that shelter animals have problems. Often times we have puppies like this, they are blank slates and all dogs live from day to day. They all have had a history, some are more negative than others. But dogs start each new day fresh. So, as long as you provide them with a positive and happy environment, any dog can be a great dog.
One thing some people don’t realize when looking to adopt a dog is that a dog of any age is just as adorable as a puppy. Dogs have a history, just like humans. All they need is positivity, a little love, and a second chance.
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