The Black Cat 5K was born when would-be Race Director Heidi Laubach found herself downsized as a result of the recent economic recession. Looking for something useful to do besides searching for full-time work, she contacted the Bucks County SPCA about organizing a 5K run as a fund-raiser for them. Although somewhat dubious at first (how often does someone you don’t know call you out of the blue with an offer to raise money for your organization and do all the work involved?), Community Relations Director Nikki Thompson graciously
accepted the offer.
Using her very own black cat (with the unlikely name of Pumpkin) as her inspiration, Heidi selected a Halloween theme and put her project management skills to work. The inaugural Black Cat 5K and One-Mile Fun Walk, held on October 31, 2009, attracted over 100 runners and walkers and an annual event was born.
Held in beautiful Peace Valley Park in New Britain, PA, the goal of the Black Cat 5K is to raise money for the Bucks County SPCA, while helping to find forever homes for dogs, cats and other companion animals in Bucks County. The Bucks County SPCA is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to enforcing state anti-cruelty laws, educating the community about companion animal care and issues, as well as preventing and alleviating the suffering of animals in Bucks County. In addition to sheltering stray or unwanted animals, the organization is committed to placing adoptable animals in permanent and loving homes. The Bucks County SPCA is dedicated to the welfare of all animals and is supported solely by donations.