Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Pints for Paws: A Volunteer's Perspective

Pints for Paws on Saturday, June 6 was an unqualified success with hundreds of attendees, 80+ craft beers, and hordes of happy dogs.

All proceeds -- every last dime! -- benefit Berkeley Humane, so we thank attendees as well as all those who donated time or goods, from volunteer "beertenders" to the musicians to the ticket-takers and beyond. Everyone present helped us pursue our mission of saving friends in our community (and had a great time while doing it).

A partial aerial view of the Pints for Paws 2015 crowd.

Berkeley Humane volunteer Michael Roberts enjoyed his second year pouring pints for attendees, and agreed to share a bit about his experiences.
I had a wonderful day volunteering as a beertender for Pints for Paws.

They assigned me to Alpine Brewery, and we were pouring the Alpine Ale and Captain Stout. One of the best things about working the Alpine stand was working with Ashley Routson and her boyfriend Jon Otto. Ashley was one of the co-founders of Pints for Paws and made the experience a good time.

We were between Pyramid Brewery and Green Flash, and like the rest of the breweries, volunteers, and Berkeley Humane workers, they were in an ebullient mood. I was also pleased to be next to Green Flash because they were pouring the Palate Wrecker DIPA, a big favorite of mine.

There were quite a few characters among the attendees, and dogs of every description. The attendees and dogs were also in a cheerful mood, which was only to be expected when you mix beer, enthusiastic people, and a throng of happy dogs.

It felt wonderful to be able to help raise money for such a rewarding cause, and having a good time doing it just made it all that much better.

 Live music at Pints for Paws

Thank you for sharing the volunteer’s (and beer enthusiast’s) point of view, Michael!

If you’d like to read more about Pints for Paws co-founder Ashley Routson, she has a great post about the transparency and charitable benefits that made Pints for Paws an event she wanted to help build.  She’s also online as the Beer Wench

Ashley Routson takes the mic at Pints for Paws 2015, backed up by volunteers.

If you’d like to join Michael and volunteers like him in building exciting community events that help Berkeley Humane save more animals, check out our varied volunteer opportunities. http://www.berkeleyhumane.org/volunteer We would love to welcome you to an upcoming volunteer orientation!

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