May 14th = The 14th Annual Humane Race

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It couldn’t be more perfect! Saturday, May 14th is the date of the 14th Annual Humane Race in Williamstown,HR2016_B MA. As in past years, the 5K Fun Run and “Dog Jog” or 1 Mile Walk will benefit the work and mission of Berkshire Humane Society (BHS).

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. Of course, runners and walkers without dogs are welcomed too. While runners take one route, walkers take another through Williamstown and Williams College. The race is not a timed event, so you can enjoy a leisurely pace or work on your own personal best. 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 says. “They are a vital and unique resource in this county because they operate at all levels to prevent homeless pets. They provide educational programming to children, they work with a variety of community agencies, and they get as many grants as they can for low-cost spaying and neutering programs. Their focus on prevention is as important as providing shelter for 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. Of course, dogs are free. The first 150 runners and walkers to register will receive a race T-shirt. All dogs will receive a commemorative bandana.

Want to raise additional money for BHS and be eligible to win some special prizes? Then you can collect pledges online at Humanerace.org or pick up a pledge form along with your registration form. (Visit the Humane Race website to learn about those prizes.) And, 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 Christa explains, “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. So far, 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.

BHS, Christa, her friends from Bark N’ Cat, and the other organizers send our appreciation to the Selectboard of Williamstown and Williams College for their ongoing support of this important fundraiser for the animals.

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

Since 1992, BHS has been providing refuge for homeless animals, free humane education programs for the community, low-cost spaying and neutering options, and foster care for pets whose families are in crisis. An open-admission shelter, BHS receives no state or federal funding and relies on donations, fundraising, and memberships to continue our important work of helping pets and their people.

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