Three music stars are not letting the COVID-19 pandemic get in the way of helping animals in need.
On April 30, singer-songwriters Rob Thomas, Chris Daughtry and Gavin DeGraw will present Rock the House for Animals, a livestream event featuring musical performances, interviews and appearances by special friends of Thomas and his wife, Marisol.
The event — with a pre-show at 7 p.m. EDT and the concert from the musicians’ homes at 8 p.m. EDT — will help the Humane Society of the United States, working together with Sidewalk Angels Foundation, to support critical work for all animals, including help for pets and their people who are impacted by COVID-19. The livestream will be broadcast on Facebook, YouTube and Twitch.
“Animals are everything to our family,” Thomas said. “We have two rescue dogs who are our life, and through our charity Sidewalk Angels Foundation we provide support to over 20 no-kill animal shelters and rescues across the U.S. This pandemic will not stop us from helping those who need us now more than ever. Marisol and I have partnered with the Humane Society of the United States for years, and it’s always an honor to collaborate with them, especially now. My talented friends Gavin and Chris — also animal lovers — were thrilled to join this great event.”
Kitty Block, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, said, “What an incredibly generous and talented trio. We are beyond grateful to Rob Thomas, Chris Daughtry and Gavin DeGraw for stepping up for animals and the Humane Society of the United States, now and always. When the world is turned upside down by tragedy and fear, music and animals have the power to bring us all together.”
“I am excited to work with Rob and Gavin and to support the Humane Society of the United States and Sidewalk Angels Foundation,” Daughtry added. “It is deeply important for us to do what we can during this critical time and help support keeping animals with their families.”
“My dog, Buddy, is everything to me,” said DeGraw. “It is an honor to be invited to this party with Rob and Chris and for us to Rock the House for Animals together. Our pets love us unconditionally and deserve everything we can provide for them.”
COVID-19 is putting our nation’s pets at risk as people lose the ability to pay for needed medical care and supplies for their animals. As we have seen during other times of economic distress, pet owners can be forced to surrender their beloved companions when the cost of caring for them exceeds their ability to pay.
The Humane Society of the United States works year-round to support local shelters and rescues and to help keep people and their pets together through initiatives like its Rural Area Veterinary Services and Pets for Life programs. During this unprecedented crisis, the HSUS is continuing these crucial efforts by providing support for animals and their people who are impacted by COVID-19. The organization’s relief efforts include clients of the RAVS and Pets for Life programs and hundreds of shelter and rescue organizations, representing communities across the country. By offsetting veterinary costs, providing food and supplies and assisting highly impacted shelters and rescue groups, the HSUS addresses these urgent, immediate needs, as well as furthers its mission to end cruelty against all animals.
Thomas shot to fame as lead singer and primary composer with Matchbox Twenty. He made history with “…Something to Be,” his first solo effort, being the first album by a male artist from a rock or pop group to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. He’s the co-writer and lead singer of the Santana hit “Smooth,” which spent 12 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1999.
DeGraw broke through with the 2003 release of his debut album, “Chariot,” which sold over 1 million copies and yielded the hit singles “I Don’t Want to Be” and the title track. DeGraw’s self-titled second album spawned the hits “In Love with a Girl” and “We Belong Together.” He fifth studio album, “Something Worth Saving,” arrived in 2016.
Daughtry’s band of the same name has released five albums, all of which reached the Billboard 200’s Top 10 and have combined sales of over 9 million copies in the U.S. Daughtry’s self-titled debut featured the Grammy-nominated smash “It’s Not Over.” He has collaborated with such artists as Timbaland and Vince Gill.
Mars Petcare has pledged to match the first $100,000 in funds raised during the concert. The grant funds, provided through Mars’ BETTER CITIES FOR PETS program, will be administered by the HSUS to help eliminate pet homelessness. The BETTER CITIES FOR PETS program, which has impacted hundreds of cities worldwide, is designed to help communities become more pet-friendly by supporting and advocating for safe, welcoming shelters that lead to forever homes and helping make more places welcoming to people and pets.
At top: Gavin DeGraw performs at the Humane Society of the United States to the Rescue! New York Gala in November 2019 in New York. (Photo courtesy Larry Busacca/AP Images for The HSUS)