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At ‘Woofstock’ fundraiser, music and dogs galore

A pit bull relaxed in the shade during

A pit bull relaxed in the shade during the shelter's Woofstock fundraiser benefiting its Help the Animals Fund at Kappler's Bar and Hotel in Patchogue. (Aug. 12, 2012) Credit: Alexi Knock

More than 100 people with a love of dogs and songs from the ‘60s turned out Sunday for “Woofstock,” a music festival and fundraiser for the Town of Brookhaven Animal Shelter at Kappler’s Bar and Hotel in Patchogue.

At a $30 suggested donation per person, about $3,000 was raised for the “Help the Animals Fund,” a nonprofit organization devoted to helping pay for the medical expenses of animals at the Yaphank shelter, said director Dori Scofield.

“I think it’s great when the community gets involved to help animals from their town,” she said. “A lot of times people forget where we are and that we save so many animals annually. I want to encourage people to come down and adopt a dog or cat from the shelter.”

So far in 2012, the “Help the Animals Fund” has paid about $30,000 in medical expenses for animals at the shelter, Scofield said.

Pit bulls were the favorite at the event, with more than a dozen attending with their owners or up for adoption for a day of dog walking, food, music and raffles.

“Things like this help make people realize that they shouldn’t judge a dog by its breed,” said Ann Van Driessche of Lindenhurst, who was walking Lilly and Athena, her pit bulls adopted from the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter. “All dogs need love.”

In addition to helping the 180 dogs and 100 cats up for adoption at the shelter, dogs and people alike enjoyed the music in the sun.

“My dog is still young, so it’s great that she is getting to meet and experience other dogs,” said Dennis Wirbickas of Patchogue as he held Abby, an American Eskimo and Chihuahua mix.

Fifteen vendors, selling everything from dog-themed license plates to collars and magnets, set up tents in the hotel’s parking lot.

Although the day was filled with activities and music, Scofield wanted to ensure that visitors didn’t forget the real reason for Woofstock.

“The animals in our care depend on you.”

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