The 2014 ‘Yowl & Howl” Photo by Gina Genis
The 2014 ‘Yowl & Howl”
Photo by
Gina Genis


Editor's note: Living Free's President Randall Harris has said that unfortunately neither Sharon Lawrence nor Elaine Hendrix will be able to participate this year due to conflicts.

Living Free’s second Bluegrass Howl & Yowl will return on Saturday, Oct. 24. The benefit for the animals will offer music and several animal acts and exhibitors.

This year, Living Free is approaching 250 adoptions of their cats and dogs, according to Randall Harris, Living Free’s president. This year, Idyllwild Animal Rescue Friends will be at the event and four other adoption groups will have cats and dogs ready to be home pets, he added.

Bianca Rae, KESQ Channel 3 morning and CBS Local Channel 2 TV anchor, is sponsoring our adoption component. She will introduce adoptable animals. Her foundation helps disadvantaged children and all animals.

Harris stresses that each adoption benefits two animals — the adoptee and the animal who replaces the adoptee.

Howl & Yowl begins at 11 a.m.

During the afternoon, between petting and admiring the animals, attendees will have entertainment from three groups. Jason Powers, a talented and new singer and songwriter, brings his band, “Powers and the People.”

Later, country music will be offered from Honey County, a progressive country band, who has been featured on Go Country 105. Within six months of playing together their music caught ears across the country when they were picked as semi-finalists on VH1’s “Make A Band Famous.”  In August 2014, their first single, “Blood From A Stone,” gained popularity with a feature on HBO’s “True Blood.”

Very popular local legend Don Reed will be joined by Black Swan to lend more talent to benefit Living Free’s animal residents.

Besides musical entertainment, several animal acts have agreed to participate that afternoon. Dogs will be chasing and catching high flying discs, and urban mushing or dry land mushing, which is dogs and sleds without snow, will be featured.

Tips for training our canine family members will be available from Glen Massie and Edgar Santiago.

In addition, Anza’s Alpacas will be there helping as well as Living Free’s burro family.

The $15 admission can be paid at the gate or online at Living Free’s website (

All proceeds will help rescue dogs and cats from imminent shelter euthanasia and find them loving homes, Harris promised.