Pawsfest 2013

 PAWSFEST 2013 // OCTOBER 6, 2013


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 happening Sunday October 6, 2012 from 12:30pm to 5:00pm at Grace Episcopal Church, 9 Harrington Avenue, in Westwood, New Jersey.
All proceeds from the 3rd Annual Pawsfest Event will benefit the efforts of peace4paws, the Northern New Jersey-based charitable organization that creates awareness and raises funds to support sanctuary and forever homes for animals that are retired from use 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.  There is also a special prayer for those who bring their pet’s ashes to the service.

For those who'd like to welcome a new, four-legged family member, the event includes loving dogs (from The Last Resort) and two sweet beagle boys: Jed and Barney (from peace4paws and the Kindness Ranch), 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,

Laurie Harden, professional pet sketcher will be available all day to draw a picture of your pet from a photo or right there while you enjoy the event.

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, doggy accessories from Diva Dog, Doggy Deuce, Holistic Oils for pets and people from Holistic Remedies for Pets, personalized dog tag from Pet Tag-A-Long, a Kids Corner, face painting, a 50/50 raffle and other raffle prizes, a kissing booth, and delicious food from Your Way Café of Westwood.  Your Way will offer a variety of fresh baked goods, including glutenfree items, salads, entrees, and special treats for your dog including Pat’s “doggy” meatballs. 

Event sponsors: Westwood Pets Unlimited, Dr Buchoff of Holistic Pet Care P.A. (, The Pet Lodge (, Your Way Café Lewis Drugs (, Watch Out Jewelers (, Juluka Yoga ( ) and Amanda Berk’s A treat 4 Dogs ( Dr. Buchoff will be on hand to talk about holistic veterinary and the benefits of raw food for pets.

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 6  for a "pawfect" day!