Photo by George Lauby
Two of the participants at 2016 Woofstock
Paws-itive Partners is hosting the area's pet festival to allow people to celebrate and strut their dogs on Saturday, Aug. 26 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.Woofstock is a day to indulge dogs, show off special talents and enjoy strolling in Memorial Park. Woofstock brings hundreds of people and dogs together for peace, paws, groovin' and movin' - named after the 1969 Woodstock week.
Emcee Rascal Martinez will provide music for the fifth year.
Six contests, beginning at 10:30 a.m., will allow dogs to show their talents.
Talents include: Pet and Owner Look Alike, Best Catcher (ball, treat, Frisbee), Best Dog Costume, Most Unique Fur Color, Furriest Dog and Twin Dogs (two dogs who look alike).
Dog contests will be judged by a panel of celebrity judges. Starting at 11 a.m., hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and beverages will be available at Bark-B-Que for $5. A local veterinary clinic is offering dog nail trims and microchip identification at very low fees.
Emergency Management Region 51 will present information on having pets prepared for a natural disaster or crisis.
Most people think of animal rescue includes cats and dogs, but too often horses need help too.
A horse rescue operation is attending Woofstock and attendees will have the chance to interact with two rescued miniature horses.
Five other non-profit rescue organizations are joining Paws-itive Partners at Woofstock. People will have the chance to visit with organization volunteers and learn what each group does.
The North Platte Pet Food Pantry will be in Memorial Park to accept cash donations or pet food.
Saturday is the last chance to purchase the popular 50/50 raffle tickets for a drawing later in the day.
This year, every dog attending Woofstock will receive a dish of free homemade dog ice cream from Paws-itive Partners. Flavors include pumpkin ice cream, peanut butter and banana ice cream, melon ice cream and more.
The dog's person receives free iced tea and can purchase chocolate chip cookies.
In celebration of Woofstock's 10th year, artist Sue Perez designed a commemorative anniversary logo for Woofstock 2017 tee-shirts. A limited number of colorful shirts are available for $16 each.
Woofstock is hosted by Paws-itive Partners, a North Platte 501(c)(3) humane society and all proceeds go to the direct care of cats and dogs.
Since 1998, Paws-itive Partners has been improving the lives of cats and dogs by providing spay and neuter programs to lower income pet owners. Our vision is to end suffering and homelessness by stopping pet overpopulation before it starts.
Paws-itive Partners relies solely on the support of caring individuals to fund our programs and services. We are an independent organization of volunteers and we do not receive any city or government funding.