Get ready for Pet Rock 2013, our 15th annual, on Sunday, Sept. 8, at Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester from noon to 5 p.m.
Many updates to come.
Pet Rock 2012: What a Day. What a Year.
Pet Rock Fest, which happened on Sunday, Sept. 9, at Quinsigamond Community College had to be one of our most successful yet. And that’s thanks to you!
We will have feedback, photos, updates and more very soon, and plan to make Pet Rock Fest an ongoing effort to help animals throughout New England.
Sponsored this year by PetCo and TD Bank, Pet Rock is the largest animal expo on the East Coast. A daylong festival of fund raising 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. Proceeds benefit New England animal welfare organizations. Pet Rock has given tens of thousands to worthy charities, including the Sterling Animal Shelter, 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, Echo Dog and many more.
Pet Rock Fest boasts live music, vendors, a food court sponsored by the Boston Vegetarian Society, a “kind kids” booth, the Blues Clues mascot, games, prizes, raffles, speakers, rides and more than 200 breed rescues, shelters and animal welfare organizations.
Congrats to Pug Rescue, which won our coveted Adoptable Pet Parade, receiving $500 from Pet Rock Fest. Our two lottery winners were Almost Home Rescue and PittieLove Rescue, 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 2013 Pet Rock Fest calendar.
Pet Rock will be announcing its beneficiaries soon, choosing New England area animal welfare groups to receive donations from the festival. Because of you, we’re able to help many animals this year.
Pet Rock Fest 2012 also featured a rabies clinic and microchipping by VCA, doggie massages, agility course, amateur dog show (with categories such as “owner-dog look alike” and “best vocalist”), New England Frisbee Dog Group, adoptable pet parade with prizes for participating rescues, professional photos portraits of your pet, cat photo contest and the popular doggie water park.
Visit here for our updated list of nonprofit animal organizations who participated.