Overwhelming Response to Request for Cat Food

March 18, 2009 The Berkshire Humane Society no longer has a shortage of cat food in the Community Pet Food Bank thanks to the overwhelming response to the Berkshire Eagle’s article on Tuesday, March 17! The shelves at the shelter and the satellite pet food pantries throughout Berkshire County are restocked with the almost 2,500 bags of cat food donated since the call for help went out. This cat food is already being distributed to cat owners in need, helping them keep their feline friends in their own homes.

Staff members at the Berkshire Humane Society have shed tears of joy from the generosity of the pet lovers in our community. “About 200 people have visited our shelter since Tuesday just to bring their donations” said Karen Karlberg, Community Outreach Coordinator for the Shelter. “We are hearing stories from many of the donors saying that by seeing this outpouring of help with the cat food, it has restored their faith in mankind.”

BHS is also grateful for the support from the businesses and agencies who allow us to have the pet food pantries at their locations. “This helps to make it easier for pet owners to obtain the food for their beloved companions,” added Karlberg. The pet food pickup location sites include: Sheffield Food Pantry in Sheffield, Berkshire Community Action Council in Gt. Barrington, the West Stockbridge Post Office, Lenox Town Hall, Adams Redemption Center and Dog Days Cafe in Adams, Northern Berkshire Community Action in North Adams, United Methodist Church in Dalton, and the main pet food pantry at the Shelter on 214 Barker Road in Pittsfield. A complete list of the drop off and pickup locations and the addresses can be found at www.berkshirehumane.org/pet-food-bank at the BHS website. If anyone cannot get to any of these locations, please call the Berkshire Humane Society, and we will try to arrange for the transport of pet food to your home or through another social agency.

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