Pittsfield: Donor issues Woofstock $10,000 challenge

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Berkshire Humane Society has received a generous offer from an anonymous donor, one that encourages the dog-loving community to participate in Woofstock, the shelter's annual 5K Race and Downtown Dog Walk. If 250 people register for a minimum donation of $25, the shelter will receive a $10,000 gift to help homeless pets with food, treats, medical care, and other daily necessities while they wait for adoption.

"We are thrilled by this offer," said John Perreault, executive director for BHS. "We normally have around 150 participants each year — 250 is a big challenge, but we're confident that our community will show up and give to help our homeless animals."

The 5K Race and Dog Walk both kick off at The Common in Pittsfield on Sunday, Sept. 8. The race begins at 10 a.m. and will be timed by Berkshire Running Center. The dog walk, a leisurely stroll around downtown, begins at 11 a.m. and will be led by this year's Grand Marshal, a 1-year-old shelter dog named Lucy.

After the run and walk, participants and supporters are invited to enjoy canine games, food trucks, music, and raffles.

All participants are encouraged to collect pledges to benefit homeless animals, and registration includes a free online crowdfunding tool.

Day-of registration begins at 9 a.m., but online registration at BerkshireHumane.org is encouraged. For more information, call 413-477-7878, ext. 131.

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