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We tried. We waited. Regretfully, Pet Rock Fest organizers announce that its flagship festival, held the last several years at Wyman Gordon in Grafton, MA, will “paws” for 2022.

Fear not, loyal puppies, kittens and ducklings. Pet Rock Fest will announce plans for an event in lieu of the festival this year, but will also make its triumphant return with the traditional Pet Rock Festival on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2023 (yes, next year!), at our new home: the Hudson-Concord Elks Lodge, 99 Park St., Hudson, MA.

“Unfortunately, holding the festival at Wyman-Gordon, where it has been held the last four years (except for 2020, when Pet Rock Fest was held virtually), isn’t an option anymore,” explains Charlene Arsenault, founding partner. “We were hoping to hold the event there for another year. It wasn’t in the cards, and as much as we tried, we couldn’t find an appropriate alternative for 2022. But we’re already planning for next year! In fact, the festival organizers and volunteers are using the opportunity to revamp the event into something even grander and more momentous.”

Jeannie Hebert, founding partner, adds: “Supporting animals is our passion, and for more than 20 years Pet Rock Fest has allowed us to raise funds to assist organizations who share that passion with us. It was a difficult decision to make, but unfortunately, this year we find the festival to be as homeless—just like some of the animals we help. In 2023, we will be back with a new and better location to grow Pet Rock Fest to offer more support to the organizations that work so hard for the animals.”

Pet Rock Fest continues to put the spotlight on the animal welfare organizations of New England that work hard to promote kindness to animals.

Located conveniently off of Route 495, the new venue centrally located in Hudson is easily accessible from points east, west, north and south, and better accommodates our allies and fans in MetroWest Boston. Also, the location boasts an expansive, grassy, fenced-in event area, a covered pavilion, areas shaded by trees, and hundreds of parking spaces at the adjacent high school building. It is ideal for both people and animals.

In fact, there is plenty of space, and beyond, for all of Pet Rock Festival’s popular attractions-and more-including: K9 demos; an agility course; the disc dog team; live music; the Rescue Groups and Shelters Pet Parade; kids activities, cat photo contest; book signings, annual Pet Rock Hero awards; speakers; amateur dog contest; vegetarian food court; animal mascots, doggie massages, demonstrations, free and low-cost microchipping and rabies shots; a doggie water park; photos of your pets; animal-friendly vendors; and, most importantly, hundreds of nonprofit groups devoted to welfare causes related to all animals.

“It’s certainly disappointing to skip a year,” continues Arsenault, “but it will give us a chance to strengthen and expand upon what is already an amazing, signature event that has had a remarkable impact on the animal welfare community."

Stay tuned for updates on alternate Pet Rock Fest-sponsored fundraisers, as well as the return of the Pet Rock Festival in 2023.

Anyone interested in volunteering for, performing at, or taking part in the 2023 festival in any way (including vendors and sponsors), or in joining the volunteer team, should contact Please do not hesitate. We’re very eager to grow our team and participants.

For updates on the plans for the day, groups signed up to attend, and other official or not so official news, visit or check us out on Facebook at and on Twitter @Petrockfestival.

Celebrating more than 23 years, Pet Rock Fest is the largest event of its kind in the Northeast, an annual festival that promotes kindness to animals and responsible pet ownership. Pet Rock Fest, held in September each year, is a family festival that features guest speakers, vegetarian food, live music, games, events, a raffle, vendors, and hundreds of area animal welfare organizations. Pet Rock is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization. Donations are tax deductible.

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Pet Rock Fest is pleased, thrilled even, to announce that again the nonprofit animal welfare organization has awarded thousands in donations to numerous animal welfare charities.

With proceeds raised predominantly from the 2021 festival, Pet Rock Fest presented donations to organizations that benefit regularly from Pet Rock, as well as some new recipients. The event joined many in 2020 in “going virtual,” which raised a respectable amount for charities, but nothing beats the real thing. Pet Rock Fest 2021, which took place at Wyman Gordon in Grafton this past September, was hugely successful by any measurement.

Several organizations received donations from Pet Rock Fest, with others to be named throughout the year. Among those awarded include Animal Legal Defense Fund, The Boxer Rescue, KIND NEWS-Red Rover, Paws 4 a Cure, Foster Parrots-New England Exotic Wildlife Sanctuary, Juno’s Place/People for Pets in Peril, Maple Farm Sanctuary, Sweetpea Friends for Rutland Animals, Baypath Humane Society, Worcester Animal Rescue League, Dog Orphans, PittieLove Rescue, Second Chance Animals and a family in need from the Blackstone Valley area, whose dog required costly, emergency surgery.

PittieLove Rescue is an all-volunteer, foster-home-based rescue dedicated to the care, understanding, and adoption of Pit Bull Terrier type dogs, and has long been a recipient of Pet Rock Fest proceeds.

“We were so thrilled, happy and surprised to have received a very generous donation from Pet Rock Fest for attending the event in 2021,” remarks Noreen Ford, founder and executive director of PittieLove. “We have not missed one since becoming a nonprofit in 2006. Our donation helped a senior boy in our rescue with the removal of four mast cell tumors. It is certainly the best event every year and we thank all from the bottom of our hearts and paws!”

The Pet Rock Fest team chooses beneficiaries after researching their services, reputation and impact on the welfare of animals in the New England area. Fortunately, the area has many animal welfare organizations, rescues and shelters performing outstanding work. Pet Rock Fest issues proceeds to worthy animal related charities that support a variety of causes, from shelters to law reform to sanctuaries for farm animals.

“This certainly has been a year for the funds raised at Pet Rock Fest to help our fellow man and their companion animals,” says Jeannie Hebert, Pet Rock Fest founding partner. “In addition to the support to rescues, shelters and animal welfare organizations, we are very happy to have been able to help a family pay for the urgent surgery needed to save the sight of their young daughter’s service dog. Our great thanks to Dr. Laurie Klein and her team at VCA Westborough Animal Hospital for their part in the outstanding care for Princess Leia.”

Pet Rock Fest Founding Partner Charlene Arsenault adds: “The festival itself started as a reaction to an act of cruelty. And Pet Rock Fest’s mission has always been grounded in educating people about animal welfare issues and promoting kindness. Part of this mission involves bringing as many organizations together as possible to share their messages about kindness to animals. All animals. Ultimately, these organizations need funding to make a difference, or even survive. Everyone who attends, supports, and donates to Pet Rock Fest affects this cause in a real, tangible way.”

Pet Rock Fest has also supported several reward funds in local animal cruelty cases that aid in finding perpetrators of that cruelty, and has also paid for medical bills for pet guardians who were unable to afford it.

Stay tuned for details on the 24th annual Pet Rock Festival.

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Check out the amazing photos taken by Brielle MacDonald from @bootsberryphoto at the 2021 Pet Rock Festival.

©2021 Pet Rock Festival - All Rights Reserved - All photos taken by Brielle MacDonald @ Bootsberry Photography

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