The 14th Annual Humane Race for BHS

The 14th annual Humane Race is ready to go! A long-standing fundraiser for Berkshire Humane Society (BHS), this year’s 5K Fun Run and “Dog Jog” or 1 Mile Walk will be held on Saturday, May 14th in beautiful downtown Williamstown.

According to John Perreault, Executive Director of BHS, “The Humane Race has become such an important event for the welfare of all our shelter animals.  To date, we have raised over $140,000. That means more animals receiving the care they need, more animals being spayed and neutered, and more animals finding the homes they deserve.”

Besides fundraising for the homeless animals at BHS, the Humane Race is a great way to spend a fun morning with your favorite dogs and dog-loving people. Runners and walkers without dogs are welcomed too. Start time is 10AM, with Check-in and Race Day Registration beginning at 8AM at 16 Water St.

Once again, Christa Abel, Owner of Bark N’ Cat in North Adams, is the Chairperson of this popular North County event. “It’s extremely important to me to support Berkshire Humane Society,” she said. “They are a vital and unique resource in this county because they operate at all levels to prevent homeless pets.”

On-line registration for the Humane Race is available now at Humanerace.org. Or you can pick up a form at Greylock Animal Hospital, Bark N’ Cat, or BHS, and either mail in your registration or drop it off at Bark N’ Cat. Registration is $20 for adults and $15 for children 12 years old or under. Registration the morning of the race is an additional $5.00. The first 150 runners and walkers to register will receive a race T-shirt. All dogs will receive a commemorative bandana.

Participants can also raise additional money for BHS and be eligible for special prizes. For each $100 raised, you’ll receive a raffle ticket for three different pledge prizes valued at a minimum of $100. They include gift certificates to Hops & Vines and NoCo Pastaria; Amanda Jones’ new book, Dog Years, and a gift basket from Dog Studio; and a digital portrait of your pet by Sheri Riddell.

If you want to support friends or family members who are participating in the Humane Race, you can make a donation on their personal fundraising page at Humanerace.org.

Finish line festivities at the Spring St. parking lot include music, refreshments, games, canine contests, and the awarding of pledge prizes. And, as Abel explained, “Because the race usually wraps up around noon, there’ll be plenty of time to spend the rest of the day visiting the fantastic shops and restaurants in beautiful Williamstown.”

In 2002, Alex and Brian Cabral created the Humane Race and continued to run it for many years. To date, it has raised over $140,000 for BHS. This year’s Title Sponsors are Greylock Animal Hospital and Donovan & O’Connor, and its Platinum Sponsors are Orthopaedic Associates of Northern Berkshire, Gallivan Corporation, West Oil Company, The Berkshire Eagle, and Bella Baby.

For more information about the Humane Race, visit Humanerace.org or call 413-664-7777.

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