Monmouth County SPCA Adorable Adoptables the Real Winners

EATONTOWN, NJ - Robert Murphy is the fifteen year old force behind the Run for the Animals. The yearly race was held this past April at Monmouth Battlefield Park. Murphy started the race three years ago at the age of twelve. Murphy explained, “After I saw commercials on TV (for national animal welfare organizations) I wanted to help all the abused and neglected animals, but I wanted to do something big. I decided to combine this with my passion for running, and that's how the event started.”


Most teenagers spend their Saturday mornings sleeping in, playing the hottest video games or hanging out at the mall with their friends; however, Robert Murphy is not your typical teen. Murphy and his family recently visited the Monmouth County SPCA (MCSPCA) to present Laurie Garrison, MCSPCA Executive Director with a $7,000 donation check the proceeds from the Third Annual Run for the Animals 3K and 40yd. Doggie Dash. While the majority of the funds raised are generated from participants there has been growing support from vendors and sponsors. This year the race saw sponsorships from large and small companies such as; Verizon, Applebees, Mc Donald’s, Best Buy, Wegmans, Perkins, Whole Foods, Ms. Bagel, Raintree Veterinary Hospital and All Season’s Pet Resort just to mention a few. For a complete list of all the very generous businesses please check out the Run for the Animals website (

Every year the race participation has grown bigger and bigger. This year the race saw over 500 people registered to run and 400 finishing the race. There were also 200 dogs entered into this year’s race a far cry from the 60 that participated last year.   “We have been so impressed with the commitment to animals shown by the entire Murphy family, but especially Robby and his sisters Jamie and Samantha. In the three years that they have held the Run for the Animals, they have raised more than $15,000 in support for the MCSPCA,” said Meghan Rehbein, MCSPCA Director of Development.

Murphy, a freshman at Freehold Township High School is the largest contributor to the MCSPCA under the age of 18. He is a member of the Freehold Area Running Club, which managed the actual race with time-keeping and race stats. The overall winners with their times of the third annual Run for the Animals are:

  1. Jake Simon (Freshman) 10:53
  2. Billy Joyce (Sophomore)  10:54
  3. Dylan Tarpey (Freshman) 10:55

To learn more about participating in the yearly run or see more winners from this year’s event you can visit If you missed your chance to run for the animals at the MCSPCA Homeward Bound Adoption Center please visit or call 732-542-0040 to donate and help support the homeless animals currently in their care.

Monmouth County SPCA, 260 Wall Street, Eatontown, NJ 07724