NORTH FORSYTH — There was plenty of fun for furry friends — and their people — on Saturday during the Humane Society of Forsyth County’s annual Mutts & More Festival.
For the first time in the event’s four-year history, Rucker Pet & Wild Bird on Keith Bridge Road opened up its facility as the site of the festival.
Mark Schullstrom, president of the Humane Society, said the new venue seemed to be a hit with festival-goers.
“[The] response was overwhelmingly positive,” he said. “People felt like it was definitely a more comfortable atmosphere, with a lot of familiar faces.”
Mutts & More is the second largest fundraiser of the year for the local humane society, which is a nonprofit, volunteer-run organization that receives no government funding.
The society operates Forsyth’s only no-kill shelter for dogs and cats and several programs for pet owners, such as a pet food pantry to help families in economic need and low-cost vaccine, micro-chipping and spay/neuter clinics.
Schullstrom said about 2,000 people attended Saturday’s event, which generated around $5,000 for the local society.
In addition, Rucker held a matching program on items purchased for the humane society throughout the event.
Schullstrom said the program generated some 780 pounds of dog food and 320 pounds of kitty litter.
Another business partner, My Mercedes and Bimmer Place, donated all of the “people food” for the event, and Healthy Paws for a Cause offered reduced cost vaccines and micro-chipping, with nearly 100 animals receiving those services.