April 23, 2012, Pittsfield, MA…The Berkshire Humane Society held an event on April 12th for the almost 180 volunteers that help the shelter with its mission to assure the compassionate care, treatment and whenever possible the placement of homeless animals through the shelter operation and to promote and improve the welfare of all animals through community education and outreach. The staff prepared a wide variety of food for the occasion, to show the volunteers just how much they mean to shelter. John Perreault, Executive Director, said to the many volunteers in attendance, “You are the Heart and Soul of this organization”, he went on to add, “Without all of you, we would not be able to help the thousands of animals that come through our doors”.
The evening included the presentation of the Lynn West Volunteer of the Year award to Elinor Hamill of Gt. Barrington, for her dedication to the care of the felines at both the main shelter on Barker road in Pittsfield and at Purradise in Gt. Barrington. Elinor also spends many hours assisting with the frequent mailings at the shelter and helps at fundraising events. Upon receiving the coveted award, Elinor admitted that she was stunned and honored to be chosen as the recipient. The volunteer of the year is chosen by BHS staff members; the award is named after Lynn West, a founding member of the Berkshire Humane Society, and an active volunteer and board member for over ten years.
In addition to the food, the volunteers were presented a keychain with the group’s logo and the Heart & Soul acknowledgement. Volunteers fulfill many of the day to day operations at the shelter, including walking dogs four times a day, cleaning & feeding of cats, front desk reception, mailings and event staff. The volunteers from the newly opened Purradise Feline Adoption Center in Gt. Barrington also participated in the celebration. The Berkshire Humane Society is a private non-profit organization and is not affiliated with the Sonsini Shelter in Pittsfield, MA, nor does it receive municipal funding. BHS depends on the generosity of the public to continue its work and mission throughout Berkshire County.