For the seventh year in a row, the University of Puget Sound’s Todd Field was turned into a happy celebration for people and animals on Saturday, complete with live music, dog agility demonstrations, vendors and information booths. Most importantly, though, Woofstock was a chance for rescue groups and shelters to match their adoptable pets with people looking to gain new family members.
“It was a wonderful day and I am so proud of the results,” wrote event coordinator Melisa Evangelos in an email. Evangelos said the rescue groups and shelters brought a total of 203 animals to Woofstock and there were 98 on-site adoptions, including 87 dogs, nine cats and two other small animals. One was Woofstock’s first turtle adoption. “We had a record number of cats adopted, including the last adoption of the day, a juvenile cat from Puyallup Animal Rescue just as they were packing up.”
Adopters came from 40 cities and towns in Washington, and even one from Canada, Evangelos said. About 2,600 people visited the event, which was staffed by 50 volunteers.
The event is the brainchild of Jim and Julie Dugan, of the Dugan Foundation, who are passionate about animals and hope to see Washington become a no-kill state in the foreseeable future, Evangelos said. Cost of the event was underwritten by PetSmart Charities. Pawsitive Alliance is a partner in the event.