October 11, 2012, Pittsfield, MA… The cold weather is here and the heating bills are going up, the only going down is the supply of dry cat and dog food in the Community Pet Food Pantry at the Berkshire Humane Society. Until this past week, BHS has been able to supply cat & dog food to satellite pet food pantries in Sheffield and in North Adams. “The pantry is bare”, says Executive Director, John Perreault, “We have been helping to feed the pets of over 700 families throughout Berkshire County, and our supply level is depleted, so we are once again asking the good people of the Berkshires to help their fellow neighbors and their pets by donating cat & dog food to our shelter”, Perreault added.
The shelter will accept any brand of dry cat and dog food, as long as they are still sealed, small bags are especially appreciated. Cat food is always needed more than dog food. Iams and science diet brands are used by the shelter animals. Gallon Zip Lock bags are also needed to distribute the food from larger bags. The goal is to provide enough food for the cats or dogs for 3 weeks at a time. To be fair to all those who need emergency pet food, a file system is kept to record the dates of food pickups by the pet owners. They just need to provide a valid photo ID at the Front desk at the 214 Barker Road shelter when they come in for food. Donations can be made at Barker Road and at Purradise the cat adoption center at 301 Stockbridge Rd in Gt. Barrington.
A special appeal is sent out to area school children and youth groups who may want to help the animals in their community but are too young to volunteer at the shelter. A tour of the faciliuty or even an education presentation can be arranged at the time of the donation. Call Karen or Terry at 413-447-7878 for more information. 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.