In its sixth year, event adds two new rescues to the roster, and plans a day filled with fun, games and music for pets and people alike.
Americana Vineyards Winery is pleased to announce that their rescue dogs and official winery greeters, Maverick and Lilly, will again be hosting Woofstock, now in its sixth year, to benefit local shelters and rescues on June 2, from 12 to 7:00pm at the winery. Kids, pets and parents are all invited and asked to bring donations of pet food and supplies to support these local shelters and rescues: Pet the Pet Program, Fetch a Friend Rescue, Browncoat Cat Rescue, and new this year, Cortland Community SPCA. In addition, and also new to the event for 2018, is Rochester-based Brindle Posse Rescue who will receive all the dog food for their food distribution program. They focus on finding permanent “furever homes” for dogs who had been previously adopted but were again surrendered.
Mav & Lil, who chronicle their life as winery ambassadors on Instagram are both Labrador Retrievers, like their predecessors Max & Rubie, who were the original inspiration for the event. Both are rescue pups, Maverick from Tennessee via the Wings of Rescue, and Lilly locally from Ithaca, as a surrender to the Tompkins County SPCA.
“These two are the perfect addition to our family,” said the pooches’ Dad and winery owner, Joe Gober, Jr. “And it’s our constant hope that other families find the perfect furbabies for them. Woofstock helps to support the small, independents shelters and rescues who care for these animals while they wait for their forever families. These rescues work so hard with so few resources, and all they want is to make the right connection between pets and people. We’re so happy to include even more rescues from all over the Finger Lakes area this year. They all need help making ends meet and providing for the animals in their care, so we’re really upping the ante this year, with a goal of $7500 in cash and supply donations. We are looking for all the animal lovers out there to help us out!”
Americana has always been a pet-friendly winery, and a strong animal rights advocate. The winery team decided to bring it all together with a party, with Americana donating the time, space, winery products, event costs and marketing to do it right. The staff also donates their tips, while community members, family and friends all volunteer their time to make the event a continued success.
The rescues will be on hand to accept the donations, discuss pet adoption and allow everyone to cuddle with their “pet adoption ambassadors.” In exchange for donations, (people) attendees will receive Doggone Fun Ticket for every dollar in food, supplies and cash they donate. The tickets can be used for activities wine tastings, beer flights and wine slushies, a pick-a-prize raffles, dog show votes, kids games and kid-friendly foods and drinks.
In addition there will be lots of activities to keep the dogs busy all day, including the Dog Park with pools, water and toys; and a Dog Agility Course where, for $5, the dogs can run the course twice and compete for prize baskets.
For the kids, there will be more games than ever, including plinko and corn hole, and a bounce house for the little ones. All games and kids activities require just one “Doggone Fun Ticket” and will run all day long.
For the adults, there will be food, vendors, wine and beer. They can also buy 4 bottles of wine in the winery and get commemorative Woofstock labels with their pet’s picture! There will also be pick-a-prize raffle baskets, 50-50 raffles, and live auctions between the bands, where they can bid on three different Finger Lakes Getaways: Northern FLX Getaway, FLX Country Getaway and.FLX Spa Getaway All raffle and auction items have been given to the event from several pet-friendly and animal supportive local businesses and organizations, including La Tourelle, Microtel Inn & Suites of Seneca Falls and Seneca Sol.
There will be a full day of live music, generously donated by area musicians for the cause. The bands for the day are The Tarps, El Caminos and Purple Valley, who will each play 2-hour sets in the Pavilion, starting at noon.
For people who can’t make it that day, donations are already being accepted at the winery in the form of $1 Paws for the Cause and on their Woofstock Gofundme page.
About Americana Vineyards Winery
Americana Vineyards Winery is a destination winery located 15 minutes north of Ithaca, New York right off Cayuga Lake in the center of New York’s Finger Lakes Wine Region at 4367 East Covert Road in Interlaken.