Pup Crawl returns Saturday to benefit Danville-Boyle County Humane Society

Published 6:10 am Friday, November 23, 2018

The fifth annual Pints for Pets “Pup” Crawl happens in downtown Danville Saturday. It’s one of the biggest yearly fundraisers for the Danville-Boyle County Humane Society.

DBCHS is governed by a volunteer board of directors working in cooperation with the Boyle Fiscal Court to operate the animal shelter. The shelter takes in approximately 3,000 animals per year, and its main source of funds is donations from individuals.

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The logo for this year’s Pints for Pets Pub Crawl was designed by Fizzy Ramsey, Danville-Boyle County Humane Society Board president. The back of the shirt lists all participating venues and sponsors.

Organizers say this year’s event is particularly exciting since some new watering holes will be featured, and food trucks are added to the venue. An added bonus is Shop Small Saturday happening downtown, as well.

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Although T-shirts could be reserved in advance, they will still be available from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at DBCHS. Then, from 4:30-7 p.m., T-shirts may be picked up or purchased at West T. Hill Community Theatre.

“However, the earlier you come, the more chance you have at getting the size of T-shirt you want,” said Paige Matthews, DBCHS director.

A new logo, created by DBCHS Board President Fizzy Ramsey, covers the front of the T-shirts, giving them a retro look. The back of the shirts list all stops and sponsors of the Pup Crawl.

“We are also featuring long sleeve T-shirts for those of us who get chilled,” Matthews said , but short sleeve T-shirts will also still be available.

Participants who decide to do the crawl wearing purchased shirts will receive discounted specials set by individual venues that night.

Raffle prizes will be up for grabs, too. Crawlers will receive a passport, which they need to ask to be stamped at each location. After they drop them off at their last location, the passports will be used for drawings.

“We have baskets from Petsense and Burkmann Feeds, gift cards from Danielle’s Drive-Away Cafe and Daville Bike & Footwear, plus tickets to shows at Norton Center for the Arts.

A 50/50 raffle will also be available, with tickets purchased at the theater during registration, for $1 apiece. The amount up for grabs is determined on how many tickets are sold.

Participating venues include Harvey’s, Bluegrass Pizza and Pub, Plank on Main, Captain Franks Hotdog Emporium, Tut’s, the Beer Engine, The Hub and Jane Barleycorn’s. Food trucks participating will be Smokey and the Brisket and Rooster’s Whistle.

Matthews said the food trucks’ exact locations haven’t been determined yet, but they are hoping they’ll be on Main or Fourth streets.

Representatives from the DBCHS will be on-hand at most locations, and donations will also be accepted.


    The Danville-Boyle County Humane Society’s Pints for Pets Pup Crawl is 6-10 p.m. Saturday in downtown Danville. Participants can register for the event and get T-shirts 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at DBCHS, 778 North Danville Bypass, and 4:30-7 p.m. Saturday evening at West T. Hill Community Theatre, 117 Larrimore Lane. T-shirts are $25 for long sleeve, $20 for short sleeve. Anyone who is unable to attend the event may still buy a Pup Crawl T-shirt through Dec. 8 at DBCHS.


  • The new Danville-Boyle County Humane Society website is up and running at www.dbchs.org.
  • DBCHS is a non-profit organization, formed in 1972 to help the many abandoned and unwanted domestic animals in Boyle County. Charlotte Bateman (now deceased) was the driving force behind its creation. Its mission is to promote the humane treatment of companion animals through sheltering, adoptions, community education and spay/neuter programs. The non-profit group, administered by a 12-person board, owns the building and grounds and pays for all maintenance and improvements to the facilities. The building was built in 1978 and expanded in 2005, with a room for the cats and kittens and in 2016 the Katherine E. Nelsen Adoption Center was completed to provide modern and more humane accommodations for our dogs and puppies.
  • DBCHS opened the Happy Paws Spay/Neuter Clinic in October 2007. The one-day per week

clinic makes affordable surgery prices available to those receiving public assistance, with low incomes or social security recipients. The clinic is staffed by a paid veterinarian as well as a technician, and over 1,000 surgeries are performed each year. Approximately 30 volunteers are responsible for the clinic operation. Happy Paws is self-sustaining, receiving support from private donations and granting agencies.

  • As a service to the community, the DBCHS operates a pet cemetery, Paws Memorial Park, located on the shelter grounds. It is a peaceful spot for owners to bury their faithful companions.