Approximately 15 local and regional bands arrived at the Choconut Inn in Friendsville, Pa. on Saturday to raise money to help animal rescue organizations during Shelter Slam 4. With a $10 cover charge, or an equivalent donation of animal food and supplies, guests were offered a full day of music and raffles with proceeds benefitting several local animal rescue organizations.

Organized by John Delola of Owego, N.Y., Shelter Slam 4 was one of a series of concert events he has put together to benefit animals in need. According to Delola, who is an avid animal lover, the plight of animals is dire, and those who spend their time to help rescue and often rehabilitate these animals need funding to continue their work.

As an example, Donelle Hartman, who operates Lost Pawz (on out of Endicott, N.Y., described some of the rescue work her group performs.

With a display set up alongside other groups that will benefit from Saturday's event, Hartman had a storyboard that displayed a photo of a dog named Bruiser. According to Hartman, Bruiser was hit by a car and is paralyzed. The dollars received through Saturday's event, she noted, will go towards the purchase of wheels for Bruiser so he can be mobile.

"We were thrilled when we were asked to be a recipient of these funds," Hartman added.

Hartman's display was set up in the large building that the Choconut Inn recently constructed to host music events, and where half of the bands slated to perform were already providing entertainment for those arriving.

Next to Hartman were representatives from Kare Inc. out of Kirkville, N.Y. ( and Doxy's Horse Recovery Inc. out of Afton, N.Y. Both of these groups were also selected to benefit from the funds generated through Saturday's event. Project Paw out of Binghamton, N.Y. was also scheduled to receive a portion of the funds.

Doxy's Horse Recovery Inc., the group explained, works to recover, rehabilitate, and re-home horses that otherwise have no chance at life. These horses, they explain, were headed to slaughter to be sold for meat, or possibly cast offs from the horse racing industry. You can learn more about their work at

Also benefitting from the event is Jimmy J's Avian Rescue Center out of Binghamton, N.Y. According to representatives Jennifer Jones and April McConnell, there is a great expense involved in caring for rescued birds.

"This is awesome," Jones said of Saturday's event. "You wouldn't believe how expensive it is," she added, "and this helps."

Another rescuer of birds was working throughout the event to create embroidered shirts to commemorate the event, and to raise dollars to support these organizations.

Dana Mutz, owner of Dana's Style Emboidery Design out of Harpursville, N.Y., brought a computer to Saturday's event to create designs for the shirts, and then transferred the design to an embroidery machine to be applied. Mutz explained that she rented a small U-Haul in order to bring all of her equipment and supplies for the event.

"I made 100 shirts, and hope to sell them all," said Mutz.

Mutz then talked of a bird rescue that she operates out of her home. In total, Mutz explained, she has three parrots, 11 Finches, four Lovebirds, Parakeets and 13 Cockatiels. Mutz also spoke of an Amazon bird she just rescued that was abused.

Mutz also has four Yorkies, and several chickens and ducks. Her son Daniel, who assisted her at the event Saturday, just rescued a cat.

Mutz was operating and selling the shirts out of the rear of the Inn, where a stage set up in the front featured half of the bands slated to perform throughout the day. It was also the area where guests could purchase food.

In the adjacent building, a steady crowd was arriving to listen to the music of over a half dozen bands, and a cash bar was offered. This is also where the animal rescue organizations set up their displays and offered information about what they do.

Bands that were scheduled to take the stage throughout the day included One Click Culture, Krooked Knuckles, White Rabbit, Mobday, Recycled Zombies, Band of Agression, Bobby G and the Timeless, Meanstreak, Rize, Slam, Pawn Shop, Highline, Jimmy Jones and the Family Jewels, Wreckless Marci and Devilock.

Donations arrived as well from area businesses such as Price Chopper out of Montrose, Pa., who donated dog food; Save More Furniture out of Owego who donated a $5,000 shopping spree that was up for raffle; Tioga Gardens out of Owego, N.Y.; and many others.

And by late Saturday, and well into the event, guests had merged from seats set up throughout both venues, and were dancing and enjoying the live entertainment offered to support local rescued animals.

Previous Shelter Slam events have taken place in Nichols, N.Y. to benefit rescue organizations in that region, and another event is already in the works for this summer. To learn more, you can Join them on Facebook.