Last Saturday, dogs, humans and vendors alike all gathered at the largest outdoor dog-centric and family fun event in Western MA, Kanetoberfest. Kanetoberfest is hosted by Kane’s Krusade, who help families with dogs get access to the basic essentials that all dogs and pet owners need. NETA Cares was thrilled to be a presenting sponsor of this wonderful event and have a booth with bandannas to give away to our furry friends.

Alicia, Northampton Patient Services Associate, spent all day volunteering her time. She had commented that it helped her get over the recent passing of her beloved dog. Additionally, we had several other volunteers assisting with parking and other tasks to make Kanetoberfest a success.

Mariah, another Northampton Patient Service Associate, shared, “It was such a lovely event! So many wonderful folks and dogs. I asked Kelly to take photos since I was running around helping with parking. I can’t wait to help out at more events. Love that we do this, thank you!”

This event brings awareness to the struggle that dog owners in financially tight situations can face. In Western MA, there are areas referred to as “pet care deserts”. Essentially, that means there is limited access to pet food stores, grocery stores, veterinarians, even any emergency care. So, if a pet gets sick, the families have nowhere to turn to, nowhere to go. Kane’s Krusade helps to ease those pains by bringing all of these necessities to the families. Many families are elderly, without jobs, vets, etc. The one unifying factor is that they absolutely love their dogs and cannot be without them. And who can blame them? Kane’s Krusade’s mission is to “form long lasting relationships of good will and trust. We are building a new kind of community – a community built on common ground, respect, kindness and compassionate action.”

Kim George, founder of Kane’s Krusade, shared her heart felt remarks about Kanetoberfest on their Facebook page, “At the end of the event, Kane’s Family members gave me this award. This means everything. As I said in my remarks, I started this organization because I love dogs. We’ve built a community that benefits dogs AND their people. And seven years later, I love the people in this organization as much as the dogs. Aside from everyone in the community coming together to keep dogs Home First, the moment that really touched my heart captures the essence of our organization. Lynn, companion to Charlie and Kensie, was involved in a serious car accident a week ago. Much to everyone’s amazement, Lynn showed up with a walker and a full back brace and surprised us all at Kanetoberfest. This is what family looks like. This is what Kane’s as an organization means to people. And for that, I am proudest of all.”

This event was one NETA Cares will certainly look forward to next year! Check out Kane’s Krusade’s website, click here. For photos of Kanetoberfest, click here.