Pet Rock 2017. We Came Back With A Howl!

Thank you for sticking with us to help so many animals.  Nearly 3,000 flocked to the 19th Annual Pet Rock Festival on Sunday, Sept. 10, on the sprawling, fenced-in fields at Wyman-Gordon in North Grafton, making it one of the largest turnouts in Pet Rock Festival history. Sponsored by WS Development, The Midas Group, New... View Article

Thank you for sticking with us to help so many animals. 

Nearly 3,000 flocked to the 19th Annual Pet Rock Festival on Sunday, Sept. 10, on the sprawling, fenced-in fields at Wyman-Gordon in North Grafton, making it one of the largest turnouts in Pet Rock Festival history.

Sponsored by WS Development, The Midas Group, New England VegFest, TD Bank, Canine Company, Especially For Pets, Gibson Pet and many others, Pet Rock is the largest animal expo on the East Coast. Lucking out with gorgeous weather, and a new venue that would easily qualify as “ideal,” the event marked nothing short of a rebirth for this near-legendary festival.

The event featured more than 100 animal welfare nonprofits sharing their missions, the Pups in the Air Frisbee dog show, the Pet Parade, the Amateur Dog Show, presentation of the Hero Awards, Cat Photo Contest, vegan food vendors sponsored by New England VegFest, amusements, photos with your pets, giveaways,  live music by The Flock, My Silent Bravery, James Keyes and Rachel McCartney and more.

A daylong festival of fundraising fun for the entire family, including your dog, Pet Rock’s primary purpose is to promote responsible pet ownership, bring attention to animal cruelty and educate humans on a variety of animal related issues.

While hundreds of dogs (and a cat, a rat and a goat) enjoyed attending the fest, too, it’s important to note that Pet Rock Fest benefits animal organizations that help all kinds of animals, from pigs rescued from slaughterhouses to wildlife to rescue dogs and cats.

Proceeds benefit New England animal welfare organizations. Pet Rock has given tens of thousands to worthy charities, including the  the ASPCA Bird Program, Foster Parrots, Humane Society of the US: Youth, NEADS, the MSPCA, Animal Legal Defense Fund, Mass Vest A Dog, Foster Parrots, Commonwealth Cats, the Worcester Animal Rescue League, Commonwealth Cats, Maple Farm Sanctuary, Echo Dog and many more.

Congrats to Hudson the Railroad Puppy, which won our coveted Adoptable Pet Parade, receiving $500 from Pet Rock Fest. The runner-up, New England All Breed Rescue, got a $100 gift card from PetSmart.

Our two lottery winners were Dog Orphans and the Leif Legacy Foundation, 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 grace the pages of our 2018 Pet Rock Fest calendar.

Pet Rock Fest 2017 also featured a rabies clinic and microchipping by VCA, doggie massages, CMDART’s agility course, a collection for animals affected by recent flooding in Texas and Florida, amateur dog show (with categories such as “owner-dog look alike” and “best vocalist”), Pups in the Air Frisbee Dog Group, adoptable pet parade with prizes for participating rescues, professional photos portraits of your pet and you with Sea-Jay, cat photo contest and the popular doggie water park.

While hundreds of dogs (and a cat, a rat and a goat) enjoyed attending the fest, too, it’s important to note that Pet Rock Fest benefits animal organizations that help all kinds of animals, from pigs rescued from slaughterhouses to wildlife to rescue dogs and cats. All proceeds each year benefit groups such as Animal Legal Defense Fund, MSPCA, Maple Farm Sanctuary, and countless shelters and rescue groups.

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 19 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.

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


  1. Rose says:

    This is the best news about pet rock in the past couple of years. The college property was much too small of an area and was extremely inconvenient.
    I understand by others the quality dropped also.
    So very happy 🤗

  2. Anne Hudzikiewicz says:

    Hi. This Pet Rock Festival was terrific. I went to the first one at Quinsig. I am amazed at how much the festival has expanded.

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