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Woofstock 2009: Outdoor festival for dogs and their people

By jim Published: August 6, 2009

NOVELTY, OH (August 4, 2009) -- Woofstock ‘09, a groovy all-day dog walk and fun family festival at Holden Arboretum, is Northeast Ohio’s largest one-day outdoor festival for dogs and their people. Woofstock is also Rescue Village’s largest fundraiser and raised $71,000 in 2008 for the thousands of animals that come through our door every year.

It’s not too early to start raising funds for the homeless animals by collecting pledges for the Trivia Trail Dog Walk (approximately 1.5 miles and walked at your leisure).  Whether you walk (or don’t walk) as an individual, a family, a corporate team, or a group, you can make a significant difference in the lives of the animals that depend on Geauga Humane Society’s Rescue Village.  Prizes will be given to fundraisers. More information on organizing teams, fundraising tips and how to get started is on the GHS website.

Mark your calendars and remember to grab your tie-dye tees, doggie bandanas and Frisbees and join thousands of people and hundreds of their dogs on Sunday, September 27th from 9:00am-3:00pm at Holden Arboretum (9500 Sperry Road in Kirtland).  Play dog games, visit a variety of vendors, enjoy kid’s activities, listen to live music from the Jimiller Band and meet new friends that love hanging with their furry friends.  Bring some spending money – fresh and fabulous food will be available from Whole Foods.  There will be adoptable pets at the Geauga Humane Society’s booth and the Annual Blessing of the Animals will be at 9:30am and 10:00am.  A complete list of festival activities can be found at www.geaugahumane.org/events/woofstock.html.

Parking is $5.  All parking proceeds will be donated to Rescue Village.  A donation of at least $35 will get you a groovy tie-dyed Woofstock ’09 t-shirt.  Come and join us.  It will be a howl!

Geauga Humane Mission is:



  • To shelter and find homes for sick, injured, abused, and abandoned domestic animals that have no other alternatives

  • To foster compassion for all living things through education

  • To reduce pet overpopulation through spay/neuter programs, and

  • To prevent cruelty by enforcing animal protection

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