Hingham, MA (PRWEB) August 24, 2009
The Standish Humane Society announces its 15th annual Folk and Fur Fest on Sunday, September 20 from 10 AM to 2 PM at Wompatuck State Park on Union Street, in Hingham, Massachusetts. In celebration of the Society's fortieth anniversary, Standish presents "Four for Forty" and will honor four worthy people who have inspired us to persevere in our challenging work on animal humane issues. Among these honorees will be Vicki Croke, the host of NECN's "The Secret Life of Animals" and a noted author and journalist who has written about animals for two decades. Vicki will serve as the Walk's grand marshal. Pet businesses, animal rescue groups and animal lovers are coming out of the woods to make the day an exciting and festive event that will pack a punch with animals and the people who love them.
The pet festival kicks off with a 3-mile walk on a paved and handicapped-accessible route through the beautiful state forest. The walk registration begins at 10am and continues through the morning and afternoon. The first forty registrants will receive a special gift. A free T-shirt will be given for every registration donation of $50 or more. Donations over $250 will receive a specially inscribed garment. Other awards for the top three fundraisers include prizes and getaways.
The Folk & Fur Fest is purrfect for families, pet lovers, dogs and kids. Featured events include live music performances by Academy Avenue Singers, Bandana Reunion, and Jazz Flute & Guitar by Don & Lisa, animal rescue groups, pet or human massage, and, the always popular Dog Contests, where dogs can win prizes for: Largest Dog, Smallest Dog, Loudest Bark, Best Tail Wagger, Best Trick, Best Smoocher, Best Pound Dog, Best Costume, and Best Owner Look Alike. All dogs must be wearing a current rabies vaccination tag and have up to date vaccinations.
The Folk & Fur Festival is Standish Humane Society's main benefit; the donations received during the walk support an active Spay/Neuter program, and a No-Kill Cat Shelter. "It's critical that we raise funding for the spay/neuter program because we subsidize a tremendous amount of it for South Shore pet owners in financial need." said Marilyn Phillips, Secretary for Standish Humane Society. Last year the program subsidized nearly $38,000 in spay and neuter services for 879 animals.
Pet lovers who want to get involved can help by collecting donations in advance, make a contribution at the walk, organize a walk team with friends and their dogs, or by participating in the events during the festival. Standish Humane Society volunteers sell t-shirts, sweaters, hats, tote bags, blankets, and more to raise money for our programs. Delicious lunch menu options will be available, like home made chili, chowder, hot dogs, baked beans, potato chips, soda and water, and a variety of baked goods.
Best of all, if your heart and home is looking for a new pet, Standish Humane Society and other local and regional animal rescue groups will be on hand to discuss breed specific traits and pet adoption options. For more information on how you can become involved in the event or to request a registration form, call (781) 834 4663 or visit the website http://www.standishhumanesociety.com/html/events.html. Donations can be mailed to: Standish Humane Society, P.O. Box 634, Duxbury, MA 02331.
The Folk & Fur Fest is sponsored by: Adams, Chase & Emerson Inc., Anderson Insulation, Building 19, Campbell Pet Company, Cape Cod Central Railroad, Captain John Boats, Complements Hair Specialists, East Bay Grille, Factory Paint & Decorating, Hanson Grain / Scituate Fitts Mill, The Healthy Animal, Hy-Line Cruises, Inland Professional Corporation, K-9 Corner, The Lamb & Lion, Milepost Restaurant, Old Derby Animal Clinic, Panera Bread, Petsmart, Rockland Federal Credit Union, Scituate Harbor Chiropractic, Shaws Supermarket, Hanover, Smart Destinations, South Shore Savings Bank, Stop & Shop, Pembroke, Storybook Cove, Tiny & Sons Glass, VCA Animal Hospitals (South Shore), Wee Stitches, Wild Birds Unlimited.
Standish Humane Society is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization of volunteers dedicated to the care and placement of lost, stray, and abandoned pets in southeastern Massachusetts.