Pet Rock Donates Proceeds From 2015 Festival to New England Animal Welfare Charities

January, 2016 – Pet Rock Fest is pleased to announce that more than 20 New England area animal welfare organizations have been awarded donations from Pet Rock Fest 2015. Pet Rock awarded more than $20,000 to local charities with proceeds from Pet Rock Fest 2015, which was presented by World’s Best Cat Litter, By Nature... View Article

536551_333668903348640_1350229506_nJanuary, 2016 – Pet Rock Fest is pleased to announce that more than 20 New England area animal welfare organizations have been awarded donations from Pet Rock Fest 2015.

Pet Rock awarded more than $20,000 to local charities with proceeds from Pet Rock Fest 2015, which was presented by World’s Best Cat Litter, By Nature and held at the Leicester Campus of Becker College.

“Donations like this one help us to provide for the needs and medical expenses of the wonderful pit bulls who are currently in our foster homes,” said Noreen Ford, founder and director of PittieLove Rescue, one of this year’s recipients. “Our rescue does not turn away dogs because of medical needs, so donations like this one are so important to help us stay active and continue to save lives. The generous donation of $500 will be used to care for our Gretchen who was diagnosed with heartworm disease after spending three years in the Taunton shelter.”

The Animal Legal Defense Fund was again a recipient of the Pet Rock proceeds, as it has been for many years. “The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) couldn’t fulfill its mission — protect the lives and advance the interests of animals within our legal system — without the support of organizations like Pet Rock Fest,” said Sarah Luick, board member. “The funds we received help us file groundbreaking lawsuits to stop animal abuse such as puppy mill operations, provide free legal assistance to prosecutors handling cruelty cases, and improve animal protection laws. Thank you for being our long-term partner in the vital work we do.”

The following organizations received a donation from Pet Rock Fest:

  • Foster Parrots
  • KIND News
  • CMDART
  • Echo Dog White German Shepherd Rescue
  • MSPCA Circle of Friends
  • Animal Legal Defense Fund
  • Private Citizens for Pets in Peril  
  • Maple Farm Sanctuary
  • Bay State Equine Rescue
  • Kane’s Crusade
  • Worcester Animal Rescue League
  • The Shabbos Memorial Pet Pantry
  • Pet Peace of Mind Program of Central MA Hospice
  • Little Paws Dachshund Rescue
  • Paw Affection Dachshund Rescue
  • Sweetpea Friends of Rutland Animal shelter
  • Mass-Vest-a-Dog
  • Spay Worcester
  • PittieLove Rescue
  • Broken Tail Rescue
  • Community Cat Connection
  • Daisy’s Animal Rescue League
  • Town of Millbury Dog Park
  • Soi Dog Foundation

“Part of the mission of Pet Rock Fest is to educate people about animal issues by bringing groups throughout the region together on a day that celebrates kindness to animals,” said Founding Partner Charlene Arsenault. “But, also, it’s important to note that all proceeds donated at the festival itself and throughout the year go directly to helping animals. We are fortunate to be able to extend our support through monetary donations that hopefully help these wonderful organizations with their mission.”

Organizations are chosen by Pet Rock Fest after investigating the work and reputation of the organization, as well as the impact on the welfare of animals in the New England area. Pet Rock Fest accepts suggestions for donations, and also strives to donate to a wide variety of organizations that focus on a wide range of causes. Please take the time to read about, and support, the organizations that were chosen this year.

“For 17 years, the mission of the Pet Rock Festival has always been to provide funding for animal welfare organizations, rescues and shelters,” said Founding Partner Jeannine Hebert. “After experiencing challenges in the past couple of years, Charlene and I are proud this year to fund more than $20,000 in grants to continue the programs of these worthy organizations that sacrifice so much so animals can live better lives.”

Karen Orsi is a volunteer with Bay State Equine Rescue, which received a donation from Pet Rock Fest for the first time this year. “Our organizations is sustained completely by donations,” she said. “This awesome donation was received at the time the rescue was moving the horses to its new location. It was instrumental in providing supplies the horses needed to make a seamless transition to their new sanctuary.”

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

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

Celebrating more than 17 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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