On April 10, 2016, the Rochester Academy of Music & Arts hosted its Third Annual Dogs Rock Concert benefitting Nuts for Mutts, the link between Rochester’s homeless dogs, their foster homes and forever homes.
The evening concert was a superb combination: Rochester’s young and brave performing, all you can eat pizza buffet (for humans) and nothing but love for our cute furry friends. And a little borrowing from Henry David Thoreau in the headline.
The event was first inspired by Hector, a Jack Russel-chiwawa mix from Kentucky, being held in a kill shelter. Before the day Hector was to be put down, a chain of phone calls from animal shelters landed him at Nuts for Mutts in Rochester. Nuts for Mutts intake coordinator Nicole picked up Hector — starving, flees and a crooked nose from abuse — and drove him back to Rochester.
Seeing Hector in a store front, Brigid Harrigan and Brannon Hungness, founder of the Academy of Music & Arts, couldn’t resist adopting him, crooked nose and all:
We were thinking of a bigger dog at first, but when we got home we thought his cool zen personality would be the perfect fit for us. Turns out, he’s our best buddy! He even comes to the music school and lets the kids play with him and loves the piano and guitar.
At the school, Hector has plenty of company. Brannon started the Academy of Music & Arts 9 years ago with 12 students. Today, the Academy, the largest privately owned music school in Rochester, teaches 400 students learning all instruments.
Like Hector’s music school human friends, dogs definitely have personal reactions to subtle nuances in sounds. Some prefer the loud trumpet over the more measured tones of the piano or the zap of the guitar over the softer violin. With animals, though, even the sight of various instruments can draw them near or closer away as they anticipate prior associations the sounds bring.
Every year, they match the amount raised at the concert: totally from $2,500 to $5,000 to this year’s $5,050. That’s over $12,500 for medical and pet supplies for Nuts for Mutts and its commitment to nurturing all the dogs before going to foster moms or permanent homes.
The event was buzzing with fun raffle games and prizes, lively music played by students of the Academy and lots of pictures of cff’s (cute furry friends) to take home.
According to Sara, a foster mom, “Rescuing a dog saves two souls, for that I am darn certain. And I am so glad that I did!”
And, according to Roxanne, a foster mom for the past 6 years, “Everyone thinks you can’t foster because you can’t let the dog go but if you think, there’s always another one to help out there, it’s easy!”Brannon and Brigid definitely think so and my three year old yorkie, Nykko, surely agrees.
So when you support Nuts for Mutts Rescue in Rochester, you may be giving a dog his day at Carnegie Hall.BY SHADI KAFI
WE ARE THRILLED TO ADD HECTOR AND NYKKO TO OUR CUTE DOG SERIES
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