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It's just a WOOF away!

Mark your calendars for Woofstock 2011

Hailey the Cocker Spaniel is looking for a permanent home. She is just one of the adorable dogs being cared for at the Bridge House Homeless Shelter in Plymouth under the auspices of White Mountain Foster and Rescue. (Marcia Morris) (click for larger version)
April 27, 2011
RUMNEY—The first annual Woofstock celebration is almost here!

Music lovers from near and far will gather at the Backwoods Family Campground in Rumney, on the banks of the Pemigewasset, on May 21 and 22 to enjoy a fun filled weekend of great live music, food, games, crafts and canine camaraderie, with proceeds to benefit White Mountain Foster and Rescue.

Admission to all the festivities is $10 for adults, $5 for ages 13 – 18, and absolutely free for anyone under the age of 12. There is a $2 discount for anyone bringing donations of dog chew toys, food, or other helpful items.

Two full days of music are planned, featuring the following awesome local bands: the Uncle Steve Band, Ways to Fall, Lazy Boy Rockers, Beggars Would Ride, Still Well Angel, Tripwire, Acoustic Baagoostx, Tim Brown, Zero Point and more!

Organizers are still signing up craft vendors, non-proft organizations, and others who would like to set up under the big tent at the campground for the weekend.

"It is going to be a huge event. It just keeps getting bigger and bigger," says White Moutain Foster and Rescue board member, Holly Cormeia. "We are so excited."

Since it was established in 2009, White Mountain Foster and Rescue has helped to find happy homes for as many as 5,000 abandoned, abused or neglected dogs that were slated to be euthanized due to shelter overpopulation. Most have been rescued from high volume kill shelters in Georgia, West Virginia and the Carolinas.

But they could not do it without the help of so many local contributors. White Mountain is always in need of foster homes for dogs awaiting adoption, and the organization greatly appreciates donations of food and supplies for dogs. It is an expensive proposition to save a shelter dog, requiring veterinarian care, transportation, food and supplies.

White Mountian Foster and Rescue is in constant need of supplies and gift cards to cover needed materials and care for the dogs, including dry dog food, chew toys, dog biscuits, leashes, collars, enzyme cleaner, bleach, ZymeAway, vet or pet store gift certificates, towels, blankets, tennis balls, crates, general office supplies, hydrogen peroxide, auto gas gift cards, pet shampoo, ear cleaner.

Cormeia is herself a "frequent foster," sometimes caring for as many as three to five foster dogs at her home in Plymouth while they await a loving "forever" home — that's in addition to the dogs she has adopted herself!

"Oh my goodness, I just love it," says Cormeia. "It is a lot of work, but the dogs are great."

There is nothing else quite like the therapeutic effect of the unconditional love that dogs return for the investment.

Cormeia was also instrumental in starting up the foster to adoption program at the Bridge House Homeless Shelter in Plymouth, where residents find caring for homeless dogs to be a profoundly rewarding experience.

Woofstock will mark the season grand re-opening of the Backwoods Family Campground, located in Rumney at 470 U.S. Route 25. For more information, check out the Web site at wwwbackwoodsfamilycampground.com.

For further information and the full schedule of events for Woofstock, check out White Mountain Foster and Rescue on Facebook or call at 786-7433.

North Country Environmental
Martin Lord Osman
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