By Kathy Walker
For the Journal
The spirit of Woodstock came to Pocatello this weekend with the Bannock Humane Society’s Woofstock fundraiser.
Woofstock is one of two events the society uses to raise money for discounted spaying and neutering programs for cats and dogs. They wanted to create something special that would give back to the community and support a cause dear to our hearts.
For those looking for a new four-legged best friend, looking for a one-of-a-kind mix, a particular breed of dogs or cats, the Bannock Humane Society is the place to go.
The Bannock Humane Society is dedicated in finding homes for homeless pets and knowing that each of them will make a great companion. This wonderful event for pets and their people; Woofstock brings together area rescues and pet-related businesses for a day of peace, love and pets.
Society President Maggie Taylor, said the humane society works closely with Alpine Veterinary Clinic, Alta Animal Hospital, Bannock Animal Medical Center and Hawthorne Animal Hospital to offer these programs to the people who might not otherwise be able to afford the sterilization services.
Taylor is very pleased at the turnout they receive year after year. This year is the fifth year and the support and growth of the event has been amazing. This shows concern Pocatello has for the rescuing and adopting of pets.
“Overall, it gives you a good feeling,” Taylor expressed when describing the fun-filled atmosphere.
Woofstock is the first fundraiser of the season for the Humane Society, and the money helps fund the local nonprofit animal-based organization that runs solely by teams of volunteers. The two areas that the funds cover are the Spay and Neuter program and purchasing food for the animals. The society is a nonprofit organization and 100 percent of the funds raised go back the animals.
This year’s event was fun for all. Guests at the event listened to live music, participated in the raffle, silent auction, browse the various booths, and look at the several dozen cats and dogs up for adoption.
The grounds were peppered with four-legged, leashed creatures dressed in their best hoping to attract “fur-ever friends” and meeting other animal friends.
Pets can be great therapy for people. They offer companionship, security and the most important, unconditional love.
Taylor and Sharon Angle, former president of the society, stressed that they are in dire need for more foster homes for the rescued pets. “We are always in need of more foster homes,” Taylor said.
Foster homes are very important to the rescued pets.They have come from situations of abuse or neglected and the foster friend helps those rescues readjust and regain trust in humans so they can be ready for a “fur-ever” home. Foster homes are vital to the adoption process for these sweet animals.
Last year’s Woofstock raised over $3000 and Taylor said they were optimistic they would beat that this year. They will know the amount later in the week.
For more information on the Bannock Humane Society, visitwww.bannockhumanesociety.org.