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Justin Crann
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Bands, animal lovers jam for MJHS

Jamie Robb and the Moonsaults didn't hesitate when they were invited to take the stage as part of Rock the Amp II.

The concert, a fundraiser and food and toy drive for the Moose Jaw Humane Society (MJHS), was an opportunity for Robb and the band he plays bass with to give thanks to an organization that matters to him.

It was at the MJHS that he found his "perfect pal," Reznor — a rescued border collie who he named after one of his favourite musicians, Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails.

"When I was about 20 years old, I saw (him) on pet of the week. I thought, 'I'm going to go and adopt that dog,'" Robb explained.

But Reznor's story was a sad one.

"It turned out he had been seized from his previous owner, who had badly abused him. He was really timid," said Robb. "They had to put his brother down because he was too vicious, and they weren't too sure they wanted to let me adopt (Reznor)."

But after a lengthy process, he was eventually allowed to adopt the dog, and said Reznor has been his "best friend ever since."

"He's still alive and kicking and he's turned into an awesome pet," added Robb. "He's very smart, and very obedient."

It was because of that experience, he noted, that Robb had no problem performing in a benefit for the MJHS.

"They helped me find a friend like that, so if I can do anything to give back to them, it's well worth it," he said.

Robb's story was similar to several of the musicians playing at Rock the Amp II.

"What makes the show special is how many of these bands are animal lovers," explained Todd Itcush, a member of the Futon Party, the band that organized the event.

"A whole bunch of us have pets, and we love our pets," he added. "Many of us adopted them from one of the humane societies — either here, or in Regina … this was a way to showcase good, local bands as well as promote a great cause."

The event raised $75 and collected a lot of food and toy donations — an exact total wasn't available as of press time. 

Its organizers said in a Facebook post that the event would return for a third edition.

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Organizations: Moose Jaw Humane Society, Nine Inch Nails, Futon Party

Geographic location: Regina

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