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From 'Paws to Party' to 'Woofstock14': it's a tail-wagging good weekend

Meet Kierra! She is available for adoption at Front Street Animal Shelter in Sacramento A454071
Meet Kierra! She is available for adoption at Front Street Animal Shelter in Sacramento A454071
Robin Hagy Photography

The hottest party in town begins in just a few hours: Paws to Party starts at 6 p.m., at the California Auto Museum. Hosted by the Front Street Animal Shelter in Sacramento, the annual event offers food from celebrated vendors, exceptional wine and beer, live music, a large silent auction, and, of course, the chance to help save lives while enjoying a great evening out!

Paws to Party: the hottest party in town
Front Street Animal Shelter

Tickets are available at the door, for $45. The event celebrates the shelter's accomplishments and helps raise funds for special projects, organizers say. Come shake a leg, cruise some historic autos and bid on some donations.

Then, on Sunday, head up to them thar foothills!

A Grateful Dog 5K Rescue Run, a “pooch pampering” park, an Animal Kingdom Art Show, weiner dog races, a doggie fun zone and more are all part of the 7th annual Woofstock festival set for Sunday, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Johnson Springview Park in Rocklin.

The festival is a key fundraiser for more than 20 area dog rescue organizations. To date, Woofstock has helped 4,263 dogs find their forever homes. A total of $15,335 in donations has been collected, according to City of Rocklin Parks Department information.

The day begins with a “Pawcake Breakfast” courtesy of Cub Scout Pack 29 (for our canine friends, it’s a woofcake breakfast) from 7 to 10 a.m.

But eat fast: The Grateful Dog 5K Rescue Run / Walk steps off at 8. Entry fee is $32 (under 18 $15), with $5 going to a rescue group of the entrant’s choice. Registration includes a tie-dyed race shirt. Four-legged participants welcome!

Beneficiaries include: Placer County SPCA, Labs 2 Love Rescue, Rocklin Community Animal Shelter, Homeward Bound Golden Retriever, Greyhounds Friends for Life and Chako Pit Bull Rescue.

Vendors take their booths – more than 100 of them! – at 9 a.m., so grab your wallets to support those that support Woofstock. There’s a vendor scavenger hunt, so bring your best paw-detective.

At 10 a.m., it’s Trivia with Tim the Trivia Man on the Scooby Stage and the Rocklin Fine Arts exhibit opens in the Community Building. A costume contest, to crown “Mr. / Mrs. Woofstock,” begins at 10:30.

The Doggie Fun Zone is open all day long, so after Rover recovers from the Grateful Dog run, head to the ‘Zone for some more fun.

Returning this year is the Rubber Ducky Doggies Adoption. Adopt a “ducky doggy” from the Woofstock homepage for $5. Designate a rescue group of your choice as beneficiary. Each ducky doggy receives an individual number, given to the adopter. Then, at 11:30 a.m., the ducky doggies will be dropped from the sky, aiming for a target. Those that land closest to the assigned target can win their adopters gifts and prizes.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., be sure to visit Rescue Row, where rescue groups will have animals available for adoption. Nearly 25 groups are registered to attend, including Internet Miniature Pinscher Service, NorCal Cocker Rescue, Greater California German Shepherd Rescue, NorCal Bully Breed Rescue, Rescue 1 Until There Are None, and more.

With live music from Woodstock Revisited, from 12 noon to 2 p.m., the activity area also features demonstrations including agility, teamwork dog training and Rally On dog training.

And what festival would be complete without weiner dog races? But this festival doesn’t discriminate. Any dog, of any breed that is 4 inches or less off the ground can enter. Step off is 11 a.m.

Don’t forget to bring a plain, white T for the Tie Dye Shirt Station. A $3 donation gets you a chance to custom design your own tie-dye (with help, of course).

Sponsors and vendors of this family-friendly event include:
include City of Rocklin, Incredible Pets, The Placer Herald, Arrow Fence Co., Highland Dental Group, Bark Avenue, PETSMART, 101.5K-HITS, Rocklin Fine Arts, Douglas Feed and Pet Supply, Loomis Basin Veterinary Clinic, Rocklin Road Animal Hospital, Quick Quack Car Wash, Wag Hotels, Wave Broadband, and more.

Johnson Springview Park is located at 5460 5th Street in Rocklin.

For more information, contact Jim Crosthwaite at 916.768.9781

A complete list of rescue groups scheduled to attend:

  • NorCal Cocker Rescue
  • Internet Miniature Pinscher Service
Placer SPCA
  • NorCal Sheltie Rescue

  • Northern California Weimaraner Rescue

  • Homeward Bound Golden Retreiver Rescue

  • All my Tomorrow's Pet Rescue
  • 1 Love Dog Rescue

  • Greyhounds Friends For Life 

  • Sacramento Independent Animal Rescuers

  • Chako Pitt Bull Rescue N
  • orCal Bully Breed Rescue

  • Rocklin Community Animal Shelter
  • One More Dog Rescue

  • Haven Dog Rescue
  • RRUFF Dog Park Rocklin
Rescue 1 Until There Are None

  • Labs 2 Love Rescue
  • Love and Second Chances Dog Rescue

  • Pug Rescue of Sacramento

  • Tiny Tim's Pals, All Pet Rescue
  • Golden Gate Spring Rescue

  • The Dog Spot Rescue
  • Greater California German Shepherd Rescue

  • Golden Gate Basset Rescue
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