On Sunday, Sept. 8, The Common on First Street goes to the dogs during Berkshire Humane Society’s Woofstock, an annual 5K Run and Downtown Dog Walk celebrating people and their pups.

We are thrilled by this offer.  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.

John Perreault, Executive Director for BHS

This year, the event is bigger, better and even more important to Berkshire Humane Society, as they have received a generous offer from an anonymous donor, one that encourages the dog-loving community to participate in Woofstock. 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.

A minimum donation of $25 is required to participate in the run of walk, however all participants are encouraged to collect pledges to benefit homeless animals, and registration includes a free online crowdfunding tool. 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.