Pawsfest 2012 & pix from Pawsfest 2011

In the photo above is Willow, one of the many sweet, adoptable pets at Pawsfest. She will attend the Blessing of the Animals along with other FOCAS kittens and cats and plenty of puppies and dogs from The Last Resort rescue group and rabbits from Hug - a - bunny Rescue. 


A "pawfect"day of fun, food & frolic for the animals and their people!
Each Fall, peace4paws, with generous support from local businesses, organizes Pawsfest: an afternoon of blessings, family fun, and adoptions for animal lovers and their pets. This year the popular celebration is happeningSunday October 7, 2012 from 12:30pm to 5:00pm at Grace Episcopal Church, 9 Harrington Avenue, in Westwood, New Jersey.
All event proceeds benefit the efforts of peace4paws, the Northern New Jersey-based charitable organization that creates awareness and raises funds to support sanctuary for animals that are used in research and related fields. Admission tickets are available at the door, and the suggested donation is $5 per adult; admission for children is free.
Attendees are invited to bring their pets for a joyful community day. Activities for adults, kids, and pets include: 
An ecumenical Blessing of the Animals Mass with Father Rob Rhodes.  The service begins at 2:30 pm, and blessings are done all afternoon.

For those who'd like to welcome a new, four-legged family member, the event includes loving dogs (from The Last Resort), cats (from FOCAS), and rabbits (from Hug - a - Bunny Rabbit Rescue, Inc.) to foster or adopt. The Last Resort is a Northern New Jersey 501 (C) (3) foster based no-kill rescue that has saved over 1400 animals since it was founded in 2008. The featured adoptable dog is Patty, see picture, and please visit the website for more adoptable dogs, FOCAS is a non-profit (501) (C) (3) corporation dedicated to the well-being of homeless animals, including those at the Bergen County Animal Shelter. They will provide beautiful adoptable cats, please see Willow on or for more cats.  Hug-a-Bunny Rabbit Rescue, Inc. is a small nonprofit organization that rescues, rehabilitates, and re-homes rabbits in need,

Wendy Erickson is on site to take journalistic quality photos of pets and their families, like the one below. Visit her website for photos from last year by visiting our website www.peace4paws.org .
Amanda Berk of Amanda's No Tricks Just Treats returns to offer the Canine Good Citizen test. Please email Amanda before the event at to learn more and make an appointment for the test. The testing begins at 12:30pm and continues for the entire event, with a short break at 2:30pm.
The event also includes games for dogs and their people, free samples for dogs, gourmet dog treats, a Kids Corner, face painting, a 50/50 raffle and other raffle prizes, an Animal Communicator from Two Bear Herbs & Holistic Healthy, a kissing booth, and delicious food from Hanami, Jack’s Café, and Your Way Café of Westwood. Lunch and dinner items will also be prepared by Westwood master chef, Vicky Charron, and the event will offer homemade desserts and frozen yogurt from Twist Yogurt of Westwood.­­­­
Event sponsors: Amanda's No Tricks Just Treats (, Doggy Deuce (, For Excellence In Care (, Gina Colagero, Attorney at Law (, Pet Taxi (, Lewis Drugs (, Watch Out Jewelers (, and Westwood Pets ( Sponsors will be on hand to meet with attendees.
Attendees can shop for peace4paws T-shirts, coffee and jewelry, Cat items from FOCAS, toys and seat belts from Westwood Pets, and a selection of dog items from The Last Resort. 

For more information about Pawsfest or any of the activities of peace4paws, or to become a volunteer, please visit contact us or call (201) 280-8696.

Join the community on Sunday, October 7 for a "pawfect" day!

This is Willow in her custom made cart.  FOCAS, Friends of the County Animal Shelter, Inc are rehabilitating and caring for Willow until she finds her forever home.  Willow is feeling the love right now, but, only months ago Willow was found near-death, with paralyzed hind legs due to a bullet that had splintered her spine.  She received extensive hospitalization, neurological consultation, acupuncture, physical therapy and this cart with wheels which she continues to learn how to use.  Surgery to remove the bullet is not an option due to the damage sustained.  Miraculously, she is beginning to show voluntary movement of and able to stand for a short time on her hind legs!  Willow will be attending the Blessing of the Animals with her foster family. We are hoping that at Pawsfest she may find her special "forever home".  

Here are some photos taken by Westwood professional photographer Wendy Erickson.  If you would like to purchase any of these photos, 
please call Wendy at (201) 446-0048.  Proceeds will go to the charities. Thanks! 

The Blessing of the Animals will begin at 2:30 on Sunday, October 2nd at Grace Episcopal.

Reverend Robert Rhodes is blessing some attentive beagles.

One of the adorable adoptable bunnies from Hug-a-Bunny Rabbit Rescue, Inc. who will be at Pawsfest.  This handsome fella's name is Stone!  Look at his cute ears!

Please visit for more information about Stone or other sweet bunnies!