Animal enthusiasts showed up at Rockaway Beach this weekend to celebrate their love of animals.

The first annual Animal Rock was held Sunday and highlighted the roles that animals play in our lives.

The event also featured cat and dog adoptions, pet massages, and more.

Organizers said they want people to realize the importance of having relationships with animals.

"How important it is to have respect for all living beings because we all win when we do this cause we're all interconnected," said organizer Jill Lauri.  

Visitors were also able to purchase raffle tickets - with the proceeds going to local animal rescues.