Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin

Shelter plans plethora of fundraising events

April 10, 2019

JANESVILLE - The Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin has packed in numerous events and fundraisers over the next few months to raise money for the shelter and its capital campaign for a new facility.

One of these events includes a music festival being planned in Beloit called "Woofstock," which will be from 2-9 p.m. on July 13 in Telfer Park. DeShawn Christiansen, assistant executive director of development and fundraising, said the musical event will feature four to five bands, vendors, food trucks a beer garden, adoptable dogs and information on local rescues.

"I just thought it would be a fun way to get people out," Christiansen said. "Who doesn't like coming out and listening to good music while getting a bite to eat? I know people don't want to be stuck inside for a fundraiser during the summer."

Christiansen said she's working on finalizing the list of bands that'll be performing, adding that the bands will play a wide assortment of music. As a Beloiter, Christiansen said she was inspired by all the music events offered in the summer, including Music at Harry's Place and Fridays in the Park, and she decided she wanted a music festival for local families. She also said well-behaved, leashed dogs are welcome and encouraged.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased now at or at the door.

The Humane Society also has its Annual Meeting coming up at 6:30 p.m. on May 9 at Rotary Botanical Gardens, 1455 Palmer Drive. The free event will feature a review of 2018 and the shelter's plans for the future. Executive Director Mike McManus also will provide an update on the shelter's capital campaign. There will be hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. Christiansen encourages attendees to register so organizers can get a sense of how many people will be attending the event.

For those looking for some ink, the humane society is partnering with Tattoo Obscura, 1054 Matheson St., to host Tattoos for Rescues. The event is set from noon-5 p.m. on May 17. Residents can stop by to selected a pre-designed pet-themed tattoo ranging from $50-75, and 50 percent of all proceeds to benefit the humane society. Christiansen said a flash sheet with the pre-designed tattoos will be available soon.

For those looking to help the humane society sooner, from noon-4 p.m. on Saturday the shelter, 222 S. Arch St., will be hosting a Kitten Shower, with kids' activities, refreshments, kitten viewing, cat adoptions and information about fostering opportunities. Gifts to help with the avalanche of soon to be born kittens are appreciated. For more information on any of the events, go to or call 608-752-5622.

Source- Beloit Daily News

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