Woofstock offers music, food and fun for families and furry friends alike

Woofstock brings out families, furry friends for third year of event

Dogs and goats and snakes — oh my!

The sound of Bob Seger’s “Night Moves,” covered by Marshall Stone, could be heard underneath the clamor of dogs barking all around the grounds of Ruhlman Brewery in Hampstead on Saturday afternoon for the third Woofstock event.


The daylong event, which is put on by the Humane Society of Carroll County, included vendor booths, food, music, activities and beer tastings. Woofstock also had a number of animals, from dogs and puppies for adoption, to goats, to a pony, to bunnies, to turtles and even snakes.

There were a number of events throughout the day, like rock painting and tie dying, live music, dog contests and, for the first time this year, goat yoga.

“Today is to help raise money for our spay neuter and medical expenses,” said Karen Baker, executive director for the Humane Society of Carroll County. “It’s our second-largest fundraiser.”

Baker said they met Henry Ruhlman and those at Ruhlman Brewery, and decided to partner with them for the event. Ruhlman “generously donate[s]” the property for the event, she said. And it’s the perfect place for it, she added.

The best part of the day? Dogs, Baker said. But there’s also so much more Woofstock offers.

“There’s beer, there’s great food, [there’s] great music,” she said.

Events like Woofstock are so important to the humane society because everything it does is based on donations, she said.

“We take in over 3,000 animals a year. We have a 96 percent live release rate. All of those animals require medical treatment, vaccines, spay and neuter, and that’s really expensive,” Baker said.

For the humane society to continue its mission, “we need to fund those efforts.”

Tanner Skura, of Eldersburg, came out to Woofstock for the first time with her golden doodle Frankie. Skura said Frankie is still a puppy, so she thought it would be a good experience to be out and around people and other dogs.

“It also is for a good cause,” Skura said, later adding, “I think it’s important to take care of animals who don’t have a home.”

Skura also said she thought it was important to come and help support the Humane Society of Carroll County’s spay and neuter programs.

“I am a big support of spaying and neutering all pets,” she added.

Betsy Murphy, of Finksburg, said she loves dogs, and came out Saturday because the event sounded like something interesting to do. She has a golden retriever of her own, but said she didn’t bring it Saturday because it was so wet outside.


She said she’d expected there to be more rescue groups at the event, but even still said she was having fun. And, she said, coming out meant supporting a good cause.

“[The humane society is] there when you need them,” Murphy said.