WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Dakin Humane Society held its second annual “Will Run for a Cookies” 5K and walk in Westfield Sunday morning.

Nearly 300 participants registered to take part in the “Will Run for a Cookie 5K,” and all were invited to bring their dogs along to support a good cause.

“Whether it’s an adoption center, or helping people access veterinary care, spayed and neutered services, or advice that they need for their animals, all of these funds will support that work at Dakin,” said Megan Talbert, Executive Director at Dakin Humane Society.

The fundraising goal of $15,000 was exceeded by about $4,000. One participant told 22News she’s happy to support organizations like Dakin since they help place animals into their forever homes.

Ariana Tourangeau of New Jersey rescued her own dog, Lambo eight years ago. “He’s a good boy and I really just think rescuing dogs is a lot better than not rescuing them because we’ve had eight years together and a good relationship and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.”

The day also featured food vendors and prizes were given for various categories. And one of the main highlights of the day, the cookies waiting for the participants, both dog and human, at the finish line.

Proceeds from the race will support Dakin’s programs, and there are prizes for several different categories:

  • Overall 1st and 2nd – male or female
  • First place for age ranges both male and female:
  •  Under Age 12
  • Age 13 – 19
  • Age 20 – 29
  • Age 30 – 39
  • Age 40 – 49
  • Age 50 – 59
  • Age 60 +

Dakin Humane Society delivers effective, innovative services that improve the lives of animals in need as well as the people who care about them. 

Food vendors were on-site, and every participant, human or dog, received a cookie. Anyone who raised $100 qualifies for a blue beanie hat, which honors a kitten named Beanie who had been rescued in frigid weather last winter.

Dakin’s Director of Development and Marketing Stacey Price stated, “We’re excited to present our second annual Cookie Run, and to enjoy a day in the park with so many other animal lovers in our community.  Last year’s debut Cookie Run was a solid success, and we got a lot of positive feedback about the event, what a great location Stanley Park was, and how much fun they had with their friends and dogs that day.  We are so grateful to everyone who – by participating, volunteering, and otherwise supporting this event – is lending a hand to help animals in need, and the people who love them.”