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WOOFSTOCK 2019 AT THE COMMON IN PITTSFIELD BHS’s 5K Race & Downtown Dog Walk Benefiting Animals

On Sunday, September 8, The Common goes to the dogs during Berkshire Humane Society’s Woofstock, an annual 5K Run and Downtown Dog Walk celebrating people and their pups. Runners will be timed by Berkshire Running Center, and walkers will stroll along North Street to help raise awareness for the shelter’s mission. Leashed canine companions are welcome during both events. Afterward, participants and supporters are invited to enjoy family-friendly activities, canine games, food trucks, music, and raffles.

On Sunday, September 8, The Common goes to the dogs during Berkshire Humane Society’s Woofstock, an annual 5K Run and Downtown Dog Walk celebrating people and their pups. Runners will be timed by Berkshire Running Center, and walkers will stroll along North Street to help raise awareness for the shelter’s mission. Leashed canine companions are welcome during both events. Afterward, participants and supporters are invited to enjoy family-friendly activities, canine games, food trucks, music, and raffles.

This year’s Title Sponsors are Pittsfield Cooperative Bank and Benson’s Pet Center.

“The Pittsfield Cooperative Bank has been helping the community buy homes for 130 years. It is our pleasure to team up with the Berkshire Humane Society to help provide support to extend this offer to man’s best friend. After all, there is no place like home,” said J. Jay Anderson, President and CEO of Pittsfield Cooperative Bank.

Frank Kramer, owner of Benson’s Pet Center, said, “We like to support the community that we live and work in. Sponsoring Berkshire Humane Society helps homeless animals and furthers our connection with pet owners in the Berkshires. We’re happy to be part of this wonderful event.”

All participants are encouraged to collect pledges to benefit homeless animals, and registration includes a free online crowdfunding tool. BHS receives no state or federal funding and depends solely on the support of its community to care for shelter animals and to fund more than a dozen programs and services that benefit people and pets. Some of these programs and services include: Pet Food Bank, The SafePet Program, Humane Education, Ken Freeberg Fund, Purradise, Catwalk Boutique, vaccine clinics, low-cost spay/neuter assistance, Family Dog School, foster care, and the surrender and adoption of companion animals.

“We have an ambitious goal this year,” said John Perreault, Executive Director for BHS. “We want to see 250 people register for $25, which would be a record turnout for Woofstock. Our expenses are on the rise. Surrenders are up this time of year, and we’ve had a number of pets in need of extra medical attention – like Sophia, the pit bull that was abandoned in our outdoor pen overnight last month. Our events help us care for dogs like Sophia. We really depend on our community’s compassion.”

Online registration (http://berkshirehumane.org/) is strongly encouraged. Pre-register for a minimum of $60 by August 20 and secure a Woofstock t-shirt. Dog bandanas will be given out to dogs while supplies last. Day-of registration begins at 9:00 a.m. with the 5K Run kicking off at 10:00 a.m. and the Dog Walk following at 11:00 a.m. For a complete schedule, visit BerkshireHumane.org.

Sponsors for the event currently include: Pittsfield Cooperative Bank, Benson’s Pet Center, Onyx Specialty Papers, Inc., West Oil Company, WTEN Pet Connection, and Foranimals. Both sponsors and vendors are still being accepted.

To register and learn more, visit BerkshireHumane.org. You may also call (413) 477-7878, ext. 131.

ABOUT THE BERKSHIRE HUMANE SOCIETY

Berkshire Humane Society (BHS) is a private, nonprofit, open-admission animal support organization. Our mission is to ensure the compassionate care, treatment, and placement of companion animals, while promoting and improving the welfare of all animals through education and outreach. As a private non-profit, BHS is not affiliated with the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA) or any other animal welfare group, and receives no public funds from local, state, or federal sources. The welfare of companion animals and the future of BHS depend entirely on the compassion and generosity of the community.

Since its beginning, BHS has sheltered more than 50,000 homeless animals who are cared for and made available for adoption. In 2018, BHS took in more than 1,400 homeless animals, which represents a continuing decrease in numbers from past years. BHS believes that its expanding low-cost spay/neuter programs, community pet food pantry, and other lifesaving programs, have gone a long way to help keep pets in their homes and reduce pet overpopulation. BHS is also proud to place 100% of all adoptable dogs, cats, birds, and small mammals into new, responsible homes.

Although BHS is primarily known as a place to surrender pets and adopt a new family member, these are only a few of the services provided to the community. BHS has developed into a valuable resource that provides a variety of programs for people as well as animals. Learn more at BerkshireHumane.org.