All You Need to Know About Woofstock

Our goal – in addition to fundraising for our animals – is to host a safe and enjoyable event for everyone. Here are some things to keep in mind:

What are the rules of Woofstock?

  • Dogs must be leashed at all times (NO FLEXI LEADS PLEASE).
  • All dogs must have I.D. tags and proof of current rabies vaccination.
  • No dogs in heat or under four months of age will be allowed to participate.
  • Dogs must be kept under control at all times. Any unruly participants will be asked to leave.
  • Please do not bring dogs that are aggressive or need to be muzzled.
  • Participants are expected to practice responsible pet ownership and clean up after their dogs. Pooper Scooper bags will be provided.

When is this year’s event?

Woofstock will be on September 8, 2019 at The Common in Pittsfield, MA. Registration opens at 9:00 A.M. The 5K Run begins at 10:00 AM and the dog walk begins at 11:00 AM. Please register at least 15 minutes prior to your event.

Where do I park?

There are parking lots near The Common, including one just across the street. Visit Downtown Pittsfield’s parking page for more info and a map.

Where will I be walking?

The walking route starts at The Common and meanders through downtown, down North Street and back to The Common. The Grand Marshall leads the way. Please note that the walking route may change if the weather is really bad.

Where will I be running?

The running route starts at The Common.

  • Left onto 2nd Street.
  • Right onto Lincoln Street.
  • Right onto 4th Street.
  • Left onto Silver Lake Blvd.
  • Right onto East St.
  • Right onto Fenn St.
  • Right onto 4th Street.
  • Right onto Silver Lake Blvd.
  • Right onto East St.
  • Right onto Fenn St.
  • Right onto 4th St.
  • Left onto Lake St.
  • Follow Lake St. across 2nd St. back to The Common.
  • View the route here.

Where and when do I turn in the money I or my team has raised?

All donations will be collected the day of the event during the registration process. If you are a team member, you can give your team captain the amount you have collected so he/she can turn them in during registration the day of the event. If you had an online fundraising page, please print your team and/or personal page and bring it with you on the day of the event along with any donations you received as cash or checks.

Should I bring a chair for myself and water for my dog?

Yes, for you comfort, please bring your own chair. To keep your dog well-hydrated, bring water and a bowl.

Do I need a dog to participate in the walk?

No, you don’t need a dog to walk. Remember that Woofstock benefits all the animals at the shelter, so ask your friends or family members to join you to walk and raise money for BHS.

Is there any charge to come to Woofstock?

Nope – Woofstock is free to the animal-loving public! With canine demonstrations, games, and vendors, Woofstock is a family-friendly day of fun. If you would like to walk, we ask for a $10 donation. If you would like a t-shirt, please register online in advance and raise at least $60 total. This covers our cost and helps us ensure we have a shirt in your size.

Will there be food available for people?

Yes! There will be multiple food vendors. Please bring cash.

If you have additional questions, contact us at or +1 (413) 447-7878 ext. 131. See you there!