October 28, 2011 Pittsfield, MA …November has been designated as “Adopt a Senior Pet Month” and to celebrate, The Berkshire Humane Society will reduce the adoption fee to $50 for all senior pets at the shelter on Barker Road and at Purradise Cat Adoption Center in Gt. Barrington. A senior pet is a canine seven years and older and a feline six years and older. John Perreault, Executive Director of the Berkshire Humane Society stated that, “We have some great older cats and dogs at the shelter and the staff wanted to celebrate National Adopt a Senior Pet month by making it easier to adopt these often overlooked animals.” BHS is also conducting a raffle for a $40 Gift Certificate to Pretty Paws on Tyler Street in Pittsfield. All senior pets adopted at BHS and Purradise during November will have their names entered in the raffle.
“We are always looking for ways to bring potential adopters to BHS for their next pet, and with the reduced adoption fee of $50, we hope to give them an added incentive to adopt an animal from a shelter,” added Perreault. The adoption fee includes the spay/neutering surgery, micro-chipping of the animal and much more.
Puppies and Kittens are adorable and adopted out fast, but there are many loving older pets that need “retirement homes” to call their own. Other reasons to adopt an older pet are that senior pets are normally already housetrained; dogs will know how to ask to be let outside when they need to go, and cats will know how to use their litter boxes. Also with a senior pet what you see is what you get; you know how big your pet’s going to be, how he/she looks, and how active he/she is. Senior cats and dogs are mellower and tend to have better house manners.