Woofstock welcomes hundreds of furry friends – Chico Enterprise-Record

CHICO — About a thousand people and their fur babies joined the Butte Humane Society on Saturday to celebrate their four-legged friends, listen to live music, eat local food and drink local beer. Home to five food vendors, six food trucks and 20 market vendors, Butte Humane Society welcomed Chico to their new home on Garner Lane in festival style.

Located right on the site where the music could be heard on acres, the local animal sanctuary and non-profit’s new site was 25,000 acres. The music festival that hosted animal lovers not only allowed guests to experience the new building, but also raised funds for the cause.

Before the building could exist, the Butte Humane Society raised $8 million over four years, said Katrina Woodcox, executive director of the Butte Humane Society.

“We worked very hard with a lot of people and none of this would have been possible without our donors, companies, grants and individuals,” Woodcox said. “And every penny that is donated here today will go to our cause.”

Fundraising started in 2018 until the campfire moved the course of the Butte Humane Society.

“Once we got through the campfire and finally got our fundraising legs back, then COVID hit, so it was really tough,” Woodcox said. “We haven’t finished fundraising yet. We opened our new building with a mortgage basically, but you can tell by the people here that people really like what we do.

The festival hosted five local bands including Brittany & The Blisstones, Ivy Flats, Tripple Tree, Big Mo and the Full Moon Band and the Low Flying Birds.

While Big Mo and the Full Moon Band played on their set, Rick Ingalls and his six-year-old dog, Luca, were calming down after spending hours at the festival.

“She was knocked out as soon as she got here – she’s just a princess like that,” Ingalls said. “But it’s good that they built this here – the weather is perfect, the food is good and I see everyone I haven’t seen in years. I wonder how they managed to do it in so that all dogs behave together.

Traveling across the ten-acre field, Marty Simpson, in a firefighter costume and dog mask, was handing out magnets with information from the North Valley Animal Disaster Group.

North Valley Animal Disaster Group volunteers Pam Hospers and Beckee Mathison were teaching guests about disaster preparedness during an evacuation. The organization has deployed resources such as shelter and evacuation assistance during disasters such as the Oroville Dam Crisis, Camp Fires, and North Complex Fires.

“It’s amazing how many people come to us and tell us we helped them,” Hospers said, “we even had one come to us just now.”

The organization was also educating guests on how to plan an animal disaster kit and what to do in the event of livestock abandonment.

“They stress people out, but nobody talks about your animals,” Mathison said. “I think you should always have a photo of your pet, but one of you with them so we can verify they are yours.”

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Jennifer R. Strohm