Berkshire’s Youth to Paint Cats for Purradise

The young people of Berkshire County are expressing their concerns for the plight of our homeless cats by creating “Cats of Every Color & Stripe” for Purradise. They’re using all kinds of different mediums to do it. The finished illustrations are intended to promote awareness about the stray-cat crisis in our area and to raise funds that will help these needy cats find warm and loving homes. According to the participating schools, the children are excited to be able to help. “They’ve been stopping by Purradise in Gt. Barrington, for inspiration by visiting all the cats of every color and stripe that are available at the adoption center,” says Tara Sherman, Purradise Manager. Children will also be painting cat pictures at the Berkshire Humane Society headquarters on Barker Road in Pittsfield.

On Sunday May 29th, even more children will be able to paint cats at the Purradise First Birthday Celebration. It will be held at Purradise, located at 301 Stockbridge Road in Great Barrington from 12 – 4pm. The public is invited to visit the felines available for adoption, paint or draw cats, enjoy a tag sale, purchase delicious food at the bake sale, shop at the Purradise Boutique, buy a custom made Pet ID tag and much more. All proceeds from the day’s event will go towards the care and feeding of the cats of Purradise.

Then on Friday July 22nd from 6-10pm, the Berkshire Humane Society will hold its “Cats of Every Color & Strip” Kit Kat Club Gala at the Crissey Farm Banquet House, located at 426 Stockbridge Road in the Jenifer House Commons. This year, The Kit Kat Club will feature the inspired cat portraits of the young Berkshire artists. It promises to be a laid-back night the whole family can enjoy, with live music, silent auctions, raffles and great food. Tickets are $65 each, reservations can be made by calling Diane at 413-447-7878 ext. 31 or go to for more information.


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