Doggie extravaganza a barking good time

The Petapalooza 2009 music festival, held at Grand Harbour last Saturday, was a huge success for the Cayman Islands Humane Society.

Petapalooza doggie may-hem.

Petapalooza doggie may-hem.
Photo: Jewel Levy

The event raised over $15,000, a far bark from the $10,000 organisers were hoping to collect.

Reno Ciantar of Mise en Place and Suckerbox, event creator, along with organisers Patrick Bourque, Trina Legge, John Mack and Douglas Cameron Jr. had their work cut out for them as they set up the huge event, which featured 11 bands performing over a

10-hour period, along with a craft fair, raffles and draws and other activities.

The funds raised by the event will go towards the purchase of new stainless steel cages for the animal shelter.

Attendees take in one of the 11 bands who per-formed on the day: Gone Country

Attendees take in one of the 11 bands who per-formed on the day: Gone Country. Photo: Jewel Levy

‘The new cages have been ordered and the cost is around US$ 22,000.00,’ said Humane Society President Carolyn Parker, who also said the Government has given them a duty waiver on the import of the new cages.

‘We thank the organisers and sponsors for the wonderful event. The animals in our care will now have a safer, more comfortable environment to live in until their adoption.’

Mr. Bourque said: ‘We are ecstatic with the turnout and overjoyed that homes were found for two dogs.’

The doggie extravaganza, which attracted over 200 visitors, featured free performances from a number of local bands such as Suite Elite, Gone Country, Gary Ebanks Band, Sea ‘n’ B, Barefoot Man, Smooth Bill, Big Eye Squirrel, Charlie Goes Electric, Suckerbox and Core.

St Matthew’s University veterinary students, as well as private volunteers, also donated their time and expertise to the success of the event. FirstCaribbean International Bank made a last-minute donation of US$2,000.

Throughout the day attendees browsed the many stalls packed with merchandise, enjoyed free Red Bull, Caybrew drink sales,

a doggie wash, a raffle and lots of prizes.

Organisers also have a number of leftover T-shirts, which can be purchased for a donation from the Humane Society.

Prize donors included Island Electronics, Pure Health, Sports Port, Island Cleaners, The Brickhouse restaurant, The Brewhouse café, Cayman Dental Service, Little Cayman Beach Resort and Gino’s Pizza.