Fundraising for a good cause at Octopurr Fest

Oct 14, 2018

ROCHESTER — Residents hoping to have a fun afternoon found what they were looking for at Octopurr Fest this weekend, with the added benefit of helping animals in need. 

It’s All About the Animals, Inc., a nonprofit animal shelter located on Marion Road, hosted a fundraiser event on Oct. 14 to benefit its ongoing work to help cats in need of homes.

Pamela Robinson, who co-founded the shelter with her husband Oren in 2009, said that the event is now in its fourth year and run entirely by a volunteer staff of about 30 people. 

“It’s a lot of fun, and a lot of work goes into this,” said Robinson. 

Octopurr Fest, which was well-attended on Sunday, was enjoyed by two attendees in particular. Preston and Sophia Hermenegildo, age two and one respectively, spent their time playing with the pumpkins set up near the decorative centerpiece of the event. Preston took the time to rearrange some of the pumpkins in a line while his sister examined the Halloween decorations.  

Other attendees roamed around the event enjoying a broad selection of food and activities.

At the event, 31 different vendors offered homemade goods such as dog leashes, jewelry, and crafts. Koza Hill Farm even brought some goats along to entertain curious children and families. Volunteers ran a raffle and silent auction with donated prizes that even featured a pair of New England Patriots tickets.  

Volunteers also served up homemade baked goods, grilled food, and soups to attendees. All of the proceeds made will be going directly to benefit shelter itself.  

The organization’s mission is to find homes for abused or abandoned cats and their effort is supported entirely by donations. It’s All About the Animals, Inc. also provides medical care to the animals that are cared for and they run a no kill shelter.

The shelter is open to visitors on the weekend from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.