Berkshire Humane Society’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.

Dogs walk down North Street at 2018 Woofstock

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. Berkshire Humane Society 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 Berkshire Humane Society. “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 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 https://berkshirehumane.org/events/woofstock-2019/.

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.