Wild Wing Cafe hosts Dogs Rock, benefiting PETSinc.

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Three local businesses teamed up Sunday to offer three things that could make any afternoon great while raising money for a good cause.
Puppies, wings and live music were all on the menu at Dogs Rock, hosted by Wild Wing Café on Bower Parkway to benefit PETSInc.

Musicians, both young students and adults, from Columbia Arts Academy performed on stage as guests visited with adoptable dogs from PETSInc and enjoyed food and drinks, plus a chance to win tickets to see Def Leppard and Journey at Colonial Life Arena.

Columbia Arts Academy owner Marty Fort organized the event as part of an effort to help PETSInc purchase an X-ray machine and other upgrades for its in-house Neuter Scooter Pet Clinic.

“It’s a big part of our mission to have affordable care for animals, because that’s a reason so many people need to surrender them,” said PETSInc Outreach Coordinator Cassidy Olson. “This X-ray machine is definitely going to help us expand our services.”

Fort, a supporter of PETSInc since 1995 and the organization’s philanthropist of the year in 2015, has pledged to match all donations to the cause up to a total of $15,000. Wild Wing also donated 10 percent of the day’s proceeds.
“They’re a no-kill shelter, a very grassroots organization, and they’re good people,” Fort said when asked why he supports PETSInc.

The nonprofit rescue and adoption center receives no government funding and relies entirely on donations, and is currently offering special prices on adoptions.

“It’s been a crazy puppy and kitten season,” Olson said. Those interested in adopting, donating for the X-ray machine and other upgrades to the clinic, or supporting PETSInc in any other way can find more information at PETSInc.org.
Columbia Arts Academy, South Carolina’s largest music school, has more than 1,300 students at its two locations in Columbia and Lexington. Fort’s latest book, The Ultimate Guide To Music Lessons: For Parents, Students or Anyone Who’s Ready to Play Music!, is now available on Amazon.com.

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