The 1960’s was a time of revolution. Young people were breaking out of the molds cast by their parents and those that had come before. They realized there was strength in numbers, that one voice could change the world and that music was the one effective outlet for their message. They would not accept, or tolerate, the injustices of the day. They chose to be active and to participate in an event that would wake up the world. It worked.
Imagine that the youth of today came together with strength in numbers and expressed the power of one voice through today’s music against the killing of homeless companion animals and spoke in support of adoption, spay/neuter and other forms of responsible companion animal ownership.
Imagine Woofstock ’06 at Cheney Stadium, Aug. 5. Got woof? “Our plan is simple: Stop the killing, come together, raise one voice and find another way,” said Jim Dugan, founding president of the Dugan Foundation.
The day will bring together local music groups, hundreds of animals needing homes and hopefully thousands of people willing to share their homes with companion animals. “The festival is aimed at bringing together young people and older people working side-by-side to develop Pierce County into a sustainable, no-kill companion animal community,” Dugan said. “Our vision is an animal-adoption music festival focused on companion animal education, adoption and the end of killing homeless adoptable companion animals as a form of population control.”
Bands performing include Dudley, The Vells, The Degrees, The Forgery and Pete Bush. “It will be a day of music, education and great activities for the whole family, including pets,” Dugan said.
Cheney Stadium will be filled with animal welfare groups, pet store operators and other merchants, rescue and adoption groups from all around the Northwest, demonstrations, and musicians. Doors open at 9 a.m. Admission cost will be $20 with children under 12 are free when accompanied by an adult. All net proceeds will benefit Pierce County’s homeless animals.
Towards the end of the day, a brief Homeless Animal Vigil will be held to pay respects to all the homeless, adoptable animals that were euthanized, according to Dugan.
Other sponsors include PALs (Protect Adoptable Labs), Adoption Town Square; The Weekly Volcano, media; Jazzbones, Music Festival; and the Puget Sound Pet Pavilion, Merchant Village. Woofstock ’06 is endorsed by Pierce County.
Dugan Foundation, a public non-profit organization, sponsored the Fur Ball last fall, which was held at the Landmark Convention Center and attended by 220 persons. It netted $47,000 for the foundation. Planning for Fur Ball 2007 has started; the Fur Ball and Woofstock festival are held in alternate years.
— Submitted by the Dugan Foundation