By Holly Kline
Hamilton County’s biggest pet event, Dog Day Afternoon featuring Woofstock, is coming to the Nickel Plate Amphitheater in Fishers from 2 to 7 p.m. Aug. 23. The annual event, in its seventh year, is as a major fundraiser for the Humane Society for Hamilton County. Families and their dogs may attend and enjoy live music, food and more than 70 vendors on the grounds in front of the amphitheater.
“We are pleased to support the Hamilton County Humane Society by hosting Dog Day Afternoon featuring Woofstock here in Fishers for the second consecutive year,” said Fishers’ Mayor-elect Scott Fadness. “This year I have the pleasure of leading the Parade of Paws dog walk and I’m excited to kick off a great afternoon with families and their pets in the Nickel Plate District.”
Other activities include a Fishers Police K-9 demonstration, a kid’s activity tent with face painting and animal demonstrations by Animalia, a Curran Architecture Cool Zone with misters and dog pools to keep the canine attendees cool and more. The Woofstock portion of the event starts at 3 p.m. with live music.
The popular Parade of Paws dog walk takes place in conjunction with Dog Day Afternoon. Pet owners can register their dogs starting at 12:45 p.m. on the amphitheater grounds and the walk begins at 1:30 p.m. Visit www.ddawoofstock.com for fundraising info; awards will be given for top fundraisers.
Jennifer Judd, HSHC manager of marketing and public relations, said that Parade of Paws brings in much-needed financial help.
“We’re hoping to raise $60,000 for our survivor program,” she said.
The HSHC survivor program exists to fund immediate medical care to animals that arrive at the shelter needing life-saving treatment.
“We are a true no-kill shelter,” said Judd. “We are also open admission and we don’t turn any pets away. We usually have 500 animals in our care at any one time.”
Adult admission is $5, kids 10 and younger and military families with ID are no charged to attend. All proceeds benefit the HSHC.