HUNTERDON POLYTECH Family Fun Run to Benefit Friends of Somerset Regional Animal Shelter

After discovering online that the Friends of Somerset Regional Animal Shelter’s future is in financial jeopardy, students Kayla Reece and Sarah Graham, enrolled in Hunterdon County Polytech’s Small Animal Program took action. They have been organizing a 5K Family Fun Run to be held on Sunday, April 26th at Deer Path Park where they plan to raise funds for the shelter. The students feel strongly about the organization’s mission to locate homes for abandoned and surrendered animals and want to help by offering to the shelter 100% of the proceeds from the event.  “We wanted to hold a fundraiser for an animal organization that really needed assistance and the Friends of Somerset Regional Animal Shelter urgently needs help to stay open beyond 2016” said Kayla and Sarah.

The Family Fun Run has been a lot of work but Kayla and Sarah have not given up. They have independently set up the online registration, secured the location, as well as solicit sponsors to provide food and t-shirts for all of the participants. The district’s Graphic Design program joined in by designing the logo and banner for the event.  Kayla and Sarah have also been busy collecting donations and prizes. Prizes such as Somerset Patriot tickets and discounted spa services will be awarded to not only the race winner but to other participants such as the biggest donator and winner of the ‘kids dash’.

The Family Fun Run/Walk event will be held from 10am to 2pm at Deer Path Park located at 120 West Woodschurch Road in Flemington.  With a $25 entry fee, participants will receive a t-shirt and be invited to receive a chance at a prize, as well as enjoy food and music at the end of the event.  To register for the event in advance, go to  Participants can also register on the day of the event.

In addition to Polytech’s Small Animal students participation in community service projects, students practice animal health care, safe handling and diagnostic techniques in a hands-on environment as they care for a range of exotic and domestic animals in the classroom including reptiles, ferrets, rabbits, mice, and chinchillas. The operation of the program’s public dog grooming clinic provides students with skills in bathing and trimming nails on dogs, while acquiring knowledge of business operations and learning customer service skills.For more information about the Small Animal Program, visit, email, or call 908-284-1444, ext. 2123.