Soso's second annual Music For Mutts will be held this Saturday to benefit Rescuers United For Furbabies (RUFF), a Walker County animal rescue organization.
The event will be held at Old York Farms along School Street in Oakman on May 19, beginning at 7 p.m., featuring musical performances by Paul Anderson and The Strange Waylors and Sadie McClendon Music.
Music For Mutts is expected to last until around 9:30 p.m., and admission is $10.
Event proceeds will help RUFF with their vet bills and allow them to continue rescuing stray dogs and cats from around the county.
"We're hoping people will come out and support us," RUFF co-founder Kara Jones said.
The Bull Pen Steakhouse at Old York Farms will also be open for people to enjoy a meal before the event.
Jones said she and RUFF co-founder Marsha Miller have been working more with the Walker County Humane and Adoption Center to rescue adult dogs that have been long residents of the county shelter, and donations at Music For Mutts will help them to continue those efforts.
"In the past six months, the amount we have taken from there has doubled, almost tripled," Jones said. "We have a very good working relationship with the shelter, and a lot of their adult dogs do not get adopted unless we pull them."
They also provide flea and tick medications for some dogs that remain at the shelter.
Jones said she believes TNR (trap-neuter-return) efforts and Pet Depot adoptions have helped decrease the county's stray and feral cat population, and she feels they are also starting to see a decline in abandoned dogs. She said there continues to be a large number of stray pit bulls, however.
"I really do think the stray dog problem has gotten a little bit better, because they're not on every street corner like they were two years ago. I think we're making a dent a little at a time," Jones said.
Jones said events, like their successful Fur Ball earlier this year, help the animal rescue continue to save even more cats and dogs in Walker County. The animals they rescue are fully vetted and many travel to rescue organizations up North, where they are eventually placed in loving, forever homes.
"We are thankful and blessed and just want to continue to do what we do," Jones said.
RUFF can be emailed at RUFFRescue@yahoo.com for more information about Music For Mutts or to pre-purchase tickets for the event.
Soso's Music For Mutts is named after Old York Farms owner Bull Corry's black lab mix, Soso, who passed away this year.