A paws-itively fun festival

By Tanner Harding | Oct 02, 2016
Photo by: Tanner Harding This Octopurrfest was more of a Halloween theme than a German theme.

Rochester — It’s All About The Animals, a feline shelter in Rochester, found the cutest way to celebrate Octoberfest — with Octopurrfest.

The shelter hosted vendors for its second annual fundraiser festival. Despite the gloomy weather, founder and executive director of the shelter Pam Robinson said this year’s festival was bigger than last year.

The vendors included dog treat companies, animal shelters and animal hospitals, and the shelter had 100 items up for auction. The volunteers at the shelter each made a basket to raffle off, and everything else was donated by local businesses.

“We have an awesome group of volunteers,” Robinson said. “We’re really blessed to have them.”

Raffle prizes included the likes of gift certificates to restaurants like Ying Dynasty and The Brew Fish, as well as tickets to places such as King Richards Faire.

Jenn Mello, of Westport, was at the festival selling her homemade dog treats.

“They’re hand cut, handmade, human grade and all natural,” Mello said. “Everything is local from Mass, too.”

She said she started the company after buying expensive dog treats for her yellow labs, and realizing she could easily recreate them.

“I started making them for my pups and my friends pups, and now they’re in 13 retailers,” Mello said.

The treats come in a variety of different flavors because “every dog’s got their flavor.”

“If my dogs were emaciated and dying, they still wouldn’t eat a green bean,” she joked.

The Lighthouse Animal Shelter also had a tent at Octopurrfest, and were selling sweatshirts and T-shirts to raise money for the shelter.

They also brought along Duke, a 2-year-old hound mix who is up for adoption, as well as a binder full of dogs and cats up for adoption.

A non-animal themed tent was the Marion Antiques booth, which was full of CDs, DVDs, books and trinkets, all for sale for $1. All the proceeds from the antiques tent went directly to the shelter.

There were 100 items up for raffle. (Photo by: Tanner Harding)
Duke spent his afternoon greeting potential new family members. (Photo by: Tanner Harding)
The JC Wagamore tent is filled with homemade dog treats. (Photo by: Tanner Harding)
Marion Antiques brought a variety of items for sale. (Photo by: Tanner Harding)
Bev Pierce, a volunteer, serves up some lunch. (Photo by: Tanner Harding)
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