Pet Rock Donates 2013 Proceeds To Worthy Charities

pawsPet Rock Fest, the 15th annual, took place in September at Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester.  Thanks, a little, to some gorgeous (albeit windy) weather, it turned out to be one of our most successful yet.

And success means Pet Rock is able to help even more New England animals in need. Thanks to the overwhelming support of sponsors, volunteers and attendees, a number of charities benefited from the proceeds this year.

The following charities received a donation from Pet Rock Fest: Baypath Humane Society; Sweet Paws Rescue; Gifford Cat Shelter; Pawfect Life Rescue; Foster Parrots; Animal Legal Defense Fund; Maple Farm Sanctuary; MSPCA; EchoDog White German Shepherd Rescue; Worcester Animal Rescue League; Private Citizens for Pets in Peril; Humane Society: Youth – KIND News; and Spay Worcester.

Congrats, also, to Big Fluffy Rescue, which won our coveted Adoptable Pet Parade, receiving $500 from Pet Rock Fest at the festival. And our two lottery winners were Canines for Disabled Kids and PetChance, each also receiving $500 from Pet Rock Fest. Congrats also to our dog contest winners, as well as our cat photo contest winners, which will graced the pages of our 2014 Pet Rock Fest calendar.

“This is what it’s all about –helping animals,” said Founding Partner Charlene Arsenault. “With so many charitable organizations out there, it can be hard to know where to give your hard earned money. This is a small operation, and the money goes directly to helping animals. It’s extremely effective and the results are tangible.  Thanks so much to everyone for supporting us for 15 years.”

“The Pet Rock grant program allows us to carry out the mission of Pet Rock to support animal welfare organizations in order to aid animals in need and prevent animal cruelty,” said Founding Partner Jeannie Hebert. “We are deeply honored to be able to assist these very worthy organizations.”

Please read more about these charities and the wonderful difference they make in the lives of so many animals.

Celebrating 15 years, Pet Rock Fest is the largest event of its kind in the Northeast, an annual festival that promotes kindness to animals and responsible pet ownership. Pet Rock Fest, held in September each year, is a family festival that features guest speakers, vegetarian food, live music, games, events, a raffle, vendors, and hundreds of area animal welfare organizations. Pet Rock is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization. Donations are tax deductible.

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If you’d like more information, visit www.petrockfest.org.

Interested in taking part in Pet Rock Fest 2014, happening on Sept. 7, 2014? Email petrockfest@gmail.com.

 

Speak Up for Animals; End the Circus in Worcester

elephantAn important message from Animal Activist Steve Baer, which we are are relaying to all Pet Rock supporters and animal welfare supporters. 

How far are you willing to go to save an Elephant?

It’s not that far; the opportunity exists to make a stand for exotic animals in Worcester. The repercussions could potentially improve conditions for all Massachusetts and beyond!

Your voice needs to be heard; the voice of the elephants can’t be heard.

On Tuesday, Jan. 28, at 7 p.m. we will each have 2 minutes to speak up for the Prohibition of Exotic Animals in Traveling Shows in Worcester.

 Ask others and please be there.

If 10 people speak – that’s major; if 20 speak, then the Worcester City Counsel will see they need to deal with the City Ordinance that has been on the Agenda but Tabled since December 2013. The Ordinance was introduced in October and went in and out of Committee (see below).

Opportunities to help animals that are captive in the human entertainment industry do not occur often. For the sake of exotic animals walk in while the door is open…

Being present will also allow the Ordinance to be replayed on the Worcester Cable Channel and help move the message though the area to home viewers.

 Health and Human Safety Committee already moved the potential Ordinance out of Committee and back to the full City Council.

Click on this link for more information.  

City Council meets the City Council meets in the Council Chamber on the third floor of City Hall.

If you need resources for speaking or presenting a written testimony, look up Animal Defenders International. They have extensive information. Born Free may also be helpful.

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Purchase Your 2014 Pet Rock Fest Cat Calendar!

They’re in, and they’re adorable. Aren’t they just cunnin’!?

This full-sized glossy 2014 Pet Rock Fest calendar features the 12 winners of this year’s cat photo contest, “Cats With Captions.”

Sponsored by Ellie’s Pet Barn, the contest challenged pet lovers and photographers to submit not only a cute photo, but a caption to complement it.

The calendar is $10, plus $3 for shipping. Use our paypal function to order. Send $13, and let us know your address, and we’ll get the calendar right out to you.

It’s also available at Ellie’s Pet Barn in Holden.

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Pet Rock Fest Donating to Puppy Doe Reward Fund

puppy_doeJoining throngs of concerned citizens and animal advocates throughout New England, and around the country, Pet Rock Fest is donating $1,000 toward the growing reward fund for Puppy Doe.

Kyia, dubbed “Puppy Doe” by those who found her, is at the center of an investigation, as this pit bull was located in a park in Quincy, MA, in August. She had been brutally tortured and left for dead, and because of extensive injuries, Kyia had to be euthanized.

Pet Rock will give $1,000 to the people/person responsible for leading to the apprehension and conviction of the perpetrators of this crime.

“This crime is overwhelmingly hideous,” said Charlene Arsenault, Pet Rock Fest founding partner. “I don’t think anyone with a heart can even bear to hear the details without feeling a sense of anger and sadness. Thankfully, animal advocates and law enforcement are not resting until they find who could have committed this heartless act. Justice simply must be served, for Kiya and for the many animals who continue to suffer cruelty at the hands of humans. It just cannot be tolerated.”

 Police are following many leads in an effort to find the perpetrators of this vicious act of animal cruelty.

 “We at Pet Rock Fest are horrified by the reports of extreme and senseless cruelty put upon this loyal and loving companion animal by these cowards and bullies,” said Jeannie Hebert, Pet Rock Fest founding partner. “The mission of Pet Rock is kindness and to educate the public that animals are living breathing creatures that only want to please and give back love. Nothing would make us happier than to bring these monsters to justice. If they would do this to a dog, they would surely graduate to a woman or child.” 

Celebrating 15 years, Pet Rock Fest is the largest event of its kind in the Northeast, an annual festival that promotes kindness to animals and responsible pet ownership. Pet Rock Fest, held in September each year, is a family festival that features guest speakers, vegetarian food, live music, games, events, a raffle, vendors, and hundreds of area animal welfare organizations. Pet Rock is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization. Donations are tax deductible.

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If you’d like more information, visit www.petrockfest.org.

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Sponsor the Pet Rock 2014 Calendar

This year, for the second time, Pet Rock is producing a calendar that features the 12 cat photo contest winners from 2013.

But for the first time, we are offering your business a chance at sponsorships. There are a small number of spots available, and we’re offering them at low rates. But you must hurry! First come, first served.

This calendar will be produced and printed by October. Pet Rock will order between 500 and 1,000 copies, and will sell them at various locations, including Ellie’s Pet Barn in Holden, as well as online. Proceeds from calendar sales benefit Pet Rock Fest, a nonprofit.

Note to nonprofits: if you have an event in 2014 and would like to include it in our calendar, please let us know about it. We only need the name of the event, the date, and perhaps a website for more info (this info will go in the block of the calendar, so there is very little room)

Available ad spaces:

$300 for a 10.5” x 1” banner ad. There are 12 of these available.

$400 for a quarter page 5” x 3.75” ad. There are four of these available.

Act fast. If you are interested in securing an ad in this calendar, email petrockfest@gmail.com or jhebert@blackstonevalley.org and put “cat calendar sponsorship” in the subject heading.

Celebrating 15 years, Pet Rock Fest is the largest event of its kind in the Northeast, an annual festival that promotes kindness to animals and responsible pet ownership. Pet Rock Fest, held in September each year, is a family festival that features guest speakers, vegetarian food, live music, games, events, a raffle, vendors, and hundreds of area animal welfare organizations. Pet Rock is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization. Donations are tax deductible.

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If you’d like more information, visit www.petrockfest.com. 

Order Organic Dog Treats From Precious Pets

Did you miss the table at the Pet Rock Festival? Don’t worry – you can still order. Visit the site for a variety of organic, wholesome, natural dog treats, packed and shipped to you (and your doggie).
Here’s an example. The “Pup Day Cake” ingredients: Cake: Organic almond flour, organic bananas, organic first cold pressed extra virgin olive oil, organic eggs, filtered water, aluminum-free baking powder, aluminum-free baking soda, cinnamon Frosting: Organic banana, organic unsalted peanut butter, tapioca flour.
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The 15th Annual Pet Rock Festival presented by Feliway and Adaptil

It was windy, but Pet Rock Fest prevailed. Despite a few pesky gusts, we couldn’t have asked for a nicer day on Sunday, Sept. 8, when the 15th annual Pet Rock Festival took place at Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester.

More photos and feedback coming soon!

Glen Phillips, singer-songwriter who is best known as the frontman for Toad the Wet Sprocket, performed solo as part of the day’s festivities. Phillips most recently released “The Coyote Sessions,” a “one mic solo record.” Phillips treated the packed lawn to many Toad hits, including “All I Want,” Good Intentions,” “Walk on the Ocean,” “Something’s Always Wrong” and “Dam Would Break.” Phillips graciously met with fans following the show, signing autographs, taking pictures and selling copies of his CDs.

Presented by Feliway and Adaptil, as well as supporting sponsors PetCo, PetSmart, Canine Company, TD Bank and Worcester Credit Union, Pet Rock Fest featured more live bands including Stefilia’s Stone, Valvatross and Hothouse, a vegetarian food court, games for kids, contests for dogs, a cat photo contest, doggie massages, a doggie water park, demonstrations, exhibits, vendors and, most importantly, hundreds of nonprofit groups devoted to animal welfare causes. All animals.

Congratulations to our Adoptable Pet Parade winner, Big Fluffy Rescue. Judged by Ceva and Worcester Credit Union, Big Fluffy Rescue received $500 for its organization. Two lucky lottery winners each won $500 from Pet Rock Fest for its organizations: Petchance.org and Canines for Disabled Kids.

Pet Rock Fest gives 100 percent of its proceeds to worthy animal related charities that support a variety of causes, from shelters to law reform to farm animal sanctuaries.

For updates visit petrockfest.org or check us out on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/petrockfest and on Twitter @Petrockfestival.

Check back often for announcements on our charitable donations, other events, and date for Pet Rock Fest 2014!

Celebrating 15 years, Pet Rock Fest is the largest event of its kind in the Northeast, an annual festival that promotes kindness to animals and responsible pet ownership. Pet Rock Fest, held in September each year, is a family festival that features guest speakers, vegetarian food, live music, games, events, a raffle, vendors, and hundreds of area animal welfare organizations. Pet Rock is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization. Donations are tax deductable.

 

Sweet Paws Rescue Pet Food Drive At 15th Annual Pet Rock Fest

petfoodSweet Paws Rescue, Inc. announced that they will be organizing a pet food drive at the 15th annual Pet Rock Festival set to take place on Sunday, September 8, at Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester.
Sweet Paws Rescue is a shelterless rescue organization based in Essex, MA whose motto is “Saving People One Dog at a Time”. As a second year participant at Pet Rock, SPR is honored to be a part of such a proactive New England rescue group. Not only does the team at Sweet Paws believe in the Pet Rock ethos to “educate, promote and communicate with people the importance of treating animals with kindness”, they also have seen a need to support pet owners facing financial difficulty. “Pet food is often the last thing purchased when times are tough,” said Lois Bourget, Sweet Paws Rescue Worcester Representative. “By donating even one can or bag of food, you are helping an animal stay healthy and its family out in a tough time.”
“We feel that our work doesn’t end once an adopter takes home a Sweet Paws dog” added Founder Cynthia Sweet. “They are all like an extended family and whenever times are tough for our adopters- or any pet-owner for that matter- we hope to be able to help in any small way we can.”
Sweet Paws Rescue will be on-site at Pet Rock Festival in Booth #58. Pet food donations can be brought directly to their booth throughout the day. For questions regarding donations, contact Lois@sweetpawsrescue.org. To learn more about their organization, visit www.sweetpawsrescue.org.

 

 

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Glen Phillips – Frontman for Toad the Wet Sprocket – Headlines Pet Rock Fest 2013

To celebrate Pet Rock Fest’s spectacular 15-year anniversary, a spectacular artist headlines the musical lineup this year.

Glen Phillips, singer-songwriter who is best known as the frontman for Toad the Wet Sprocket, will perform solo as part of the day’s festivities.

Phillips most recently released “The Coyote Sessions,” a “one mic solo record.”

As songwriter/frontman for Toad the Wet Sprocket, sold more than three million records, he had a string of hits throughout the ‘90s, including “All I Want,” “Walk on the Ocean” and “Good Intentions.” The band had a fervent following, still attracting them to this day to both Toad reunion shows and Phillips’ solo shows. The band officially broke up in 1998.

Phillips has released other solo albums: “Abulum,” “Mr. Lemons,” “Live at Largo” and “Pays for Summer.”

The 15th Annual  Pet Rock Festival presented by Feliway and Adaptil takes place on Sunday, September 8, from noon to 5 p.m. at Quinsigamond Community College, 670 West Boylston St., Worcester. Tickets are $12, $5 for kids under 12.

Pet Rock Fest features live music, vegetarian food, games for kids, contests for dogs, a cat photo contest, photos with your pets, doggie massages, a doggie water park, demonstrations, exhibits, vendors and, most importantly, hundreds of nonprofit groups devoted to animal welfare causes. All animals.

Pet Rock Fest gives 100 percent of its proceeds to worthy animal related charities that support a variety of causes, from shelters to law reform to farm animal sanctuaries.

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For updates on the plans for the day, groups signed up to attend, and other official or not so offical news, visit petrockfest.org or check us out on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/petrockfest and on Twitter @Petrockfestival.

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This is Happening to Orangutans in Indonesia, and You Can Help

This update is submitted by Laurence Van Atten-Holyoak, the U.S. contact for International Animal Rescue. Read about this important effort, and how you can help.

Orangutan Rehabilitation Project West Kilamantan, Borneo
International Animal Rescue works in collaboration with the local forestry department (BKSA) to rescue, rehabilitate and release orangutans in West Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo. Illegal hunting and habitat destruction has resulted in the severe decline of endangered orangutan populations. The need to rehabilitate and release orangutans to sustain viable wild populations is bigger than ever before. In 2009 we took over an existing center, which we converted into a temporary rescue center for displaced or injured orangutans, some of which have suffered unspeakable cruelty. The aim of the project is to rescue, rehabilitate and reintroduce orangutans indigenous to this area, and by doing so establishing self-sustaining orangutan populations in the wild. This is achieved by either re-establishing an extinct population or supplementing a population that is under carrying capacity, or currently not large enough to be viable in the long-term. IAR is has started improving and expanding its facilities at the rehabilitation center to accommodate an ever increasing number of orangutans arriving at the center.
Project objectives
·   Providing rescued animals with a rehabilitation process in accordance with the principles of animal welfare, with the ultimate aim of releasing rehabilitated orangutans to the wild
·   Post release monitoring, to monitor the success of release
·   Work with local communities, NGOs and governments in protection of natural habitats
·   Investigation and law enforcement efforts to reduce the wildlife trade and poaching
·   Instilling awareness, knowledge and understanding to conservation of wildlife and their habitats
Site location
The Ketapang district is located in the West Kalimantan province. The orangutan sub-species, Pongo pygmaeus pygmaeus, are the most endangered species of the Bornean orangutan. The species is classified as endangered (IUCN Red list) and is protected under Indonesian law. There were previously no facilities for rescued orangutans in this province; West Kilamantan is one of the most heavily deforested areas of Borneo and total wild orangutan population size is dangerously low. Importantly, the new facility has reduced the risk of reintroducing non-indigenous subspecies to different habitats.
The orangutans are under serious threat as their habitat is increasingly fragmented. The forest is cleared for conversion to palm oil plantations; plantation workers have revealed that infant orangutans are caught and sold as pets while the adults killed and often eaten. Many of the animals have suffered horrific abuse being kept as pets and many are suffering from disease. Most have spent years in appalling conditions and require long-term rehabilitation. After the rescue and rehabilitation process, the ultimate goal is to re-release as many animals as possible. We estimate that 90% of rehabilitated orangutans will be suitable for reintroduction, after careful assessment of the individuals and suitability of the release sites. The released animals are monitored, to track their progress. IAR is working closely with several conservation groups to find suitable release sites for the animals.
So far we have rescued 50 orangutans and the center is now at capacity. Thanks to financial support from our supporters IAR has purchased 60 acres of land and phase one of the building work to expand and improve the facilities has already been completed. The new rehabilitation center will include:
·   Quarantine unit (to reduce the risk of transmissible diseases)
·   Socialisation enclosure (an open area of forest)
·   Medical facilities (including a clinic, treatment room, surgery and laboratory)
·   Administrative building (with an education center)
·   Kitchen and store room
·   Staff and volunteer accommodation
In addition, IAR believe that education is a major factor in animal protection. Therefore the IAR’s education teams undertake a series of activities and events. This includes visits to schools and encouraging visits to our centers, to raise awareness to issues such as conservation. We also provide information about our work and the need for conservation to the media, in an effort to highlight the problems these animals facing. We work closely with the local community to raise awareness of this highly vulnerable and endangered animal, which is often regarded as a pest.
This letter provides a brief introduction to the project. As ever, funding is the main constraint; however, given the success of this work, it is hoped that you will share our belief that the orangutan can be saved from extinction.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you require any further information on any aspect of our work. I do hope you will be able to help us complete the essential building works so that we can release these animals back into the wild, before it is too late.
Laurence Eve Van Atten- Holyoak
Development Coordinator/ US Manager
International Animal Rescue, US
P.O. Box 137, Shrewsbury, MA 01545 USA
www.internationalanimalrescue.org
Registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (Tax Id: 54-2044674)