The Berkshire Humane Society is once again asking the caring citizen’s of our county to please help restock the shelves of the Community Pet Food Pantry. For over nineteen years economically distress pet owners have been able to come to the shelter on Barker Road for the much needed food to keep their beloved pets in their homes. Our shelves are now bare and the need is still great. We have seen the need increase from about a dozen families a month receiving free pet food, to over 700 families in Berkshire County during 2010.
Last Month, a downtown church in Pittsfield, called the shelter to ask if it was possibly to bring some pet food there because its parishioners did not have the transportation to get the food at the shelter. We brought them as much cat and dog food as we had to give, and people were waiting in line to get some for their animals. BHS has expanded the pet food donation and pick up sites from north to South County to help accommodate the growing need.
The need is great, but the truly generous people of Berkshire County have come through for us before and we need to ask for pet food donations once again. We accept all types of pet food, small dry food bags are best, but larger bags can be separated into smaller bags to help feed more pets. Cat food is always needed more than dog food. Donations can be made at 214 Barker Road Tuesday – Saturday 10am -4pm, Sunday 1-4pm and Thursday evenings 5-8pm. Food can be dropped off at Purradise, the BHS cat adoption center on 301 Stockbridge Road in Gt. Barrington.
The Berkshire Humane Society has placed over 16,000 homeless animals into new loving homes since 1992; they also offer free humane education visits and tours for area school children, a community pet-food bank for economically distressed pet owners, and works in cooperation with The Elizabeth Freeman Center to provide foster care assistance for the pets of women in crisis through SafePet. BHS receives no public funding and relies on memberships and donations to continue to help animals and people. The main shelter is open Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 4pm, Thursday evenings 5-8pm, and Sundays 1-4pm. The shelter closes at noon on the last Wednesday of each month for staff meetings. The phone number is 413-447-7878 The new BHS Cat Adoption Center in Gt. Barrington, Purradise, is now open Wed – Fri 12-6pm, Sat 10-4pm & Sun 12-4pm.