Shelter Slam: Rocking for animals

By Erika Mahoney

March 15, 2014 Updated Mar 16, 2014 at 8:01 PM EDT

Choconut, PA (WBNG Binghamton) More than 18 bands took the stage to rock out for local animal shelters.

From country bands to rock bands, the local musicians had one thing in common Sunday -- supporting animals in need.

They got the crowd up on their feet Saturday at the Choconut Inn for the sixth Shelter Slam. The event raises money for local animal shelters. Sunday's show raised money for seven different ones.

"When I first started the show, people were kind of skeptical because there are so many benefits out there," John Delola, the organizer, said. "But now, I don't even call the bands, they call me."

Delola expects the show will raise $10,000. People could pay $10 to get in, or $10 worth of pet food.

Pibbles and More Animal Rescue is one of the shelters receiving some of that $10,000.

"This is important because it gets the word out about how important it is to adopt and not shop," Kelly Anson, a volunteer for Pibbles and More Animal Rescue, said. "There are hundreds of dogs and cats that need homes right now."

Saturday's show was dedicated to John Moriarity, who also loved animals and recently passed away.