Concert event set to ben­e­fit an­i­mal res­cue

Souderton Independent - - FRONT PAGE - By Jen­nifer Con­nor

It all started when Laura Sobo­lusky took her niece to Last Chance Ranch An­i­mal Res­cue in nu­ak­er­town to show her how abused an­i­mals were treated.

Then, it was Sobo­lusky’s fiUVW WLPH WKHUH, DQG VKH says she “never left” as she rounds two-and-a-half years of vol­un­teer­ing at the res­cue. Since the an­i­mal shel­ter de­pends on the community for fundrais­ing and grants, Sobo­lusky de­cided to or­ga­nize a fundraiser of her own to help the cause.

Pup “Paw” Looza was born the week­end be­fore Thanks­giv­ing 2011, when Sobo­lusky and her friend Tracy were in the car on their way to the Na­tional Dog Show in Philadel­phia.

“We were lis­ten­ing to the ra­dio and I thought maybe we should have a live mu­sic event,” Sobo­lusky said. Then she reached out to her friends Joy and Doug Klein, the own­ers of Coun­try Creek Win­ery in Telford, for a venue.

The win­ery, which is a small work­ing farm sit­u­ated on 10 acres, hosts an an­nual mu­sic fes­ti­val in June, so it has the ca­pac­ity for the type of event Sobo­lusky wanted to plan.

Pup “Paw” Looza, an all-day out­door concert event, will be held Satur­day, Aug. 25 from noon un­til 8W30 p.m. at Coun­try Creek Win­ery, 133 Cress­man Road, Telford. Lo­cal artists, in­clud­ing Ja­son Der­s­tine, Dhar­mas Kind­ness, Oso Blanco Soxe, Scot France/Ray Car­dona, UBACE, Hired Hands, Mike Greer C Co. and head­lin­ers, Mighty Man­a­tees, will be per­form­ing. There will be wine tast­ings as well as wine avail­able for sale.

Tick­ets are $15 pre­ordered at pup­pawlooza. eventbrite.com, or $20 on the day of the event. Chil­dren un­der four are free.

One dog per adult can at­tend the event, with a max­i­mum of two dogs per fam­ily. All dogs must re­main on a leash with no more than a 6-foot lead. See the event web­site for all rules and reg­u­la­tions.

There will be plenty of ac­tiv­i­ties for dogs to par­tic­i­pate in, in­clud­ing fris­bee com­pe­ti­tions, mu­si­cal chairs and other games for dogs to win prizes. Plenty of food and doggie ven­dors will be present, as well.

All pro­ceeds go to Last Chance Ranch, which is a vol­un­teer an­i­mal res­cue group that res­cues old, young, injured, ne­glected, mal­nour­ished, abused and for­got­ten an­i­mals from pigs, horses, goats and sheep to the stars of the day — dogs.

Throughout Pup “Paw” Looza, Lorie McCutcheon, the founder of the res­cue group, will in­tro­duce ranch dogs that can be adopted.

Sobo­lusky said she plans on bring­ing her two dogs to the event, one she res­cued be­fore vol­un­teer­ing at Last Chance Ranch. The other Sobo­lusky ac­tu­ally acted as a fos­ter par­ent for be­fore she fell in love with the dog and adopted it.

“This is our first event like this so it will def­i­nitely be a learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence,” Sobo­lusky said. “I love an­i­mals and I like to help them out in any way I can.”

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