South Berkeley charity event to fund spay-neuter program
December 13, 2012 by Mark
The South Berkeley Christmas 5K Run/Walk took place on December 6, starting at the Musselman High School at 2:00 pm. The money raised from the event will go towards a spay-neuter program run by the Berkeley County Humane Society. The charity aims to provide spaying and neutering services for the pets of local residents at a discounted rate. The program relies on fundraising events like the charity run/walk to be able to continue.
Statistics provided by the Humane Society of the United States reveal that four million dogs and cats are euthanized in shelters each year in the U.S., and the charity believes that spaying and neutering will help reduce the numbers of animals put to sleep annually in Berkeley. The funds raised in 2011 meant that over 750 animals were spayed or neutered and it is hoped that even more has been raised this year. Around $9,000 has already been raised since the program was started back in 2010 and has continued this year with the charity walk/run.
The event co-director Aimee Peters and husband Mark try to introduce a family-friendly event each year for the residents of Berkeley in order to raise money and have fun. The couple has contributed to the organization for the last 15 years and also adopted a dog from it.
The event was promoted during the run up to the South Berkeley Christmas Parade using flyer printing services. The South Berkeley Christmas Parade also featured the tree lighting ceremony among other events.