Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin

‘Woofstock’ festival set to help pets

July 9, 2019

Those interested in music, food and helping dogs would be barking up the right tree by attending Woofstock.

The Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin is hosting its first music festival in Beloit from 2-9 p.m. on Saturday at Telfer Park, 2100 Cranston Road.

Families are encouraged to bring their well-behaved, leashed dogs to the event.

Deshawn Christiansen, assistant executive director of development and fundraising, said four bands will take the stage throughout the day, including: The Flyaways at 2 p.m., Gary the Band at 3:30 p.m., Middle Aged Overdose at 6 p.m. and Dem Horny Funkers at 7:30 p.m.

"I just thought it would be a relaxed and fun event to have in Beloit," Christiansen said. "Who doesn't want to have a drink and listen to some music with their dog?"

Christiansen said there also will be 30 different vendors selling canine-themed items. This will include six rescues, most of which will be bringing adoptable animals.

Badger Veterinary Hospital also will be offering $5 nail trims with all proceeds benefiting the Humane Society. In order to get this service, owners will need to bring proof of their dog receiving a rabies vaccination.

During the event, various food trucks will be selling delectable treats, and there will be a beer and wine garden.

At the shelter, Christiansen said the Humane Society currently is working to make sure it's not overflowing with animals during the busy season.

The Humane Society is also in the midst of fundraising for a new shelter.

The Humane Society's capital campaign is called "Help Pets Go Home Again." The current 9,000-square-foot facility was built in 1976 to serve as an animal holding facility. The Humane Society has outgrown the space.

The design for the new facility is a one story, 23,500-square-foot, energy-efficient space. An estate donation allowed the society to acquire the 44-acre parcel between Janesville and Beloit on County Highway G just south of the Dollar General Distribution Center and about a mile north of Blackhawk Technical College in the Town of Rock.

For those looking to attend Woofstock, Christiansen asks people to bring their dogs; a lawn chair or blanket; a valid ID for those looking to consume alcohol; and cash for beer, wine, food and other items. Tickets cost $10 per person and can be purchased online or at the door. For more information, go to

The Humane Society has another fundraiser coming up. On July 20, the shelter will host An Evening with David Rosenfelt.

Rosenfelt is an author who has written over 20 novels and three TV movies. The main character in most of his mystery books is Andy Carpenter, attorney and dog lover.

The night will include an engaging presentation by Rosenfelt and a silent auction of dog-themed items and gift baskets.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and general admission is $10. VIP tickets are also available for $40 which include a copy of Rosenfelt's book "Bark of Night" to be signed in person by Rosenfelt at a special appetizer VIP reception before the show at 5 p.m. at Voigt Music Center's Main Stage.

For more information or to buy tickets, visit

Source - Beloit Daily News

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