Third annual Woofstock raises funds for homeless animals

MARSHALL – By the time the third annual Woofstock rolled around this year, it had grown enough to require a little more room, so it was at the Marshall Fire Department lot on Saturday.

Woofstock featured games, a petting zoo, a pet walk and lots of activities for kids.

“It’s an event to raise money for homeless pets in the area,” said Amanda Hilbrands, official photographer for the event. “The funds go towards care, vaccination and routine things for the animals.”

Homeless animals are mostly dogs and cats. Cats can thrive and multiply living homeless and feral; dogs are far more dependent on humans.

If it is not possible to domesticate and adopt all feral cats, we can at least insure that their numbers don’t grow beyond the carrying capacity of the area. To that end, the Tracy Area Animal Rescue was on hand to raise funds to spay and neuter feral cats so they won’t reproduce in the wild.

“There’s a critical mass of feral cats an area will support,” said Jon Chalmers, speaking for TAAR. “If feral cats are removed from the area, they’ll simply be replaced by others that move in. Once we fix them, we mark their ear and let them go.”

Dogs, however, need to be rehabilitated and found homes for, and animal rescue seems to be doing a good job. According to Scott Kuecker, veterinarian and owner of the Marshall Animal Clinic, the clinic hasn’t had to euthanize a dog in years.

The hardest dogs to adopt out are often old or injured, but even a three-legged beagle like Trooper found a home with veterinary technician Becky Skaj, who originally took the 14-year-old dog as a foster-home basis.

“I wound up adopting him because I love beagles,” Skaj said. “I have another one at home. All of my dogs are rescues. He loves life and keeps up with the other dogs, even though he has three legs.”