Woofstock celebrates tenth annual dog festival


Photographer: Laranya P.

Although adults had to pay a 20 QR entry fee to this year's QAWS Woofstock, children and "spectator dogs" got in for free.

Laranya P., Reporter

Woofstock, the largest festival for dogs in Qatar, just celebrated its 10th annual Dog Show & Festival, where dog lovers united to have fun, socialize, and spend a day out around hundreds of adorable dogs, in Doha Sports Park, Nov. 8. The festival is regularly presented not only for enjoyment, but also to aid abandoned, abused, lost, and unwanted pets by giving them a safe place to stay.

At the festival, there were lots of fun ways to donate money while spending time with family and friends. Most of these were fair-like stalls, such as Adopt-A-Bear, Tin Tombola, and raffles. Not only that, but there were 12 different types of dog training classes offered, and even competitions where all dogs could participate. Temporary dog stores, Woofstock merchandise, a bouncy castle, sweets and pastries, face-painting, and food were all promoted and available.

All money raised at the festival goes to Qatar Animal Welfare Society (QAWS), an organization founded in 2004 to provide shelter to abandoned animals in Qatar. Donating money to QAWS is extremely important to be aware of, since the organization doesn’t receive any funding to support all the animals and staff, causing them to rely on donations to cover almost all expenses.

QAWS experienced its biggest and most devastating hit in 2016, when animals were at risk of drowning, food and supplies were ruined, and their facility was nearly ruined by heavy rains. Luckily, after struggling to get back on their feet, QAWS workers moved all the animals to a new, safer facility in Qatar. However, flooding continues to be a threat as disaster strikes every time winter approaches.

Every year, Woofstock is a fantastic opportunity for one to enjoy themselves and while donating to struggling animals in Qatar. Additionally, one can spend time with loved ones around hundreds of friendly dogs.

Keep an eye out for next year to participate in this sensational festival!

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