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Organizers say Ruff and Stuff Pet Fest a success

Event at Halmich nets dozens of pet adoptions, boxes of supplies for rescue groups

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published October 5, 2011

 Carmen Yakovich, a volunteer coordinator with K 10 Project Reputation Rescue, and “Luke,” an 18-month-old pit bull, examine items collected at the Ruff and Stuff Pet Fest. K 10 Project Reputation Rescue spearheaded the event, held Sept. 17 at Warren’s Halmich Park.

Carmen Yakovich, a volunteer coordinator with K 10 Project Reputation Rescue, and “Luke,” an 18-month-old pit bull, examine items collected at the Ruff and Stuff Pet Fest. K 10 Project Reputation Rescue spearheaded the event, held Sept. 17 at Warren’s Halmich Park.

Photo by Brian C. Louwers

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WARREN — Translated from dog speak, the phrase “ruff ruff” could simply mean “thank you.”

It would certainly be appropriate based on the reported success of the Ruff and Stuff Pet Fest, held at Warren’s Halmich Park on Sept. 17.

According to Joanna Noble, director and producer for K10 Project Reputation Rescue, which hosted the event with Michigan Pug Rescue and Purina Pro Plan Rally to the Rescue, 32 animal rescues and shelters benefited from donations collected at the festival.

Additionally, Noble said 136 pet adoptions were facilitated that day, while another 100 could be confirmed after follow-up home visits are completed by various rescue groups.

The event, held from noon until 11 p.m. at Halmich, was designed to raise both awareness and funds for pet rescue groups, and to help place homeless dogs and cats into permanent loving homes.

Patrice Reed, a licensed veterinary technician who is now the president of the What We Do for the Love of Pets rescue, said the need to support groups with supplies and adoption assistance continues to be great.

Reed said her rescue, dedicated to finding homes for puppies and small-breed dogs in metro Detroit, had eight adoptions linked to the Ruff and Stuff Pet Fest.

“It really, really helps the rescues,” Reed said. “A lot of people are more willing to go to a fair than a house or something. When you have an event like this and you advertise it well, you have a variety of people come out and look at your pets, and you have a better chance of having them adopted.

“It’s a big need (for adoptions). There are a lot of strays going around. People are constantly surrendering animals for different reasons. We get a lot of calls.”

James White, secretary/treasurer of the Livonia-based Special Animal Friends and Rescue Inc., said the rescue manages between 40 and 50 dogs in foster care at any given time. They also had about a dozen cats last week.

White said the Ruff and Stuff Pet Fest was particularly well-organized and brought in big crowds to enjoy entertainment, face painting, and other family-friendly activities that augmented the pet visits.

“I thought it was wonderful,” White said. “Not only did the weather cooperate, but the number of vendors that were there. Everything seemed to be really well-organized.

“It was definitely a worthwhile event, one we would love to attend again in the future.”

Noble said the www.ruffandstuff.org website will remain active throughout the year in an effort to further assist animals in need. Visitors to the site are able to search for adoptable animals and can make donations online. Donation pick-up can also be arranged.

For more information call (586) K10-HELP.

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