About Us

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Berkshire Humane Society (BHS) is a private, non-profit organization, not affiliated with the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA) or any other animal welfare group. We have been in operation since 1992 after taking over for a failed MSPCA operation in Berkshire County. BHS, an open-admission animal shelter, receives no public funds from local, state, or federal sources.  The welfare of our companion animals and the future of our organization depend on the compassion and generosity of our community.

Since our beginning, BHS has sheltered over 43,000 homeless animals who are cared for and made available for adoption. Between 1992 and 2013, our surrenders have been gradually decreasing, a trend which we attribute to the availability of our spay/neuter programs and the years of education we have provided the community.  For example, in 2012, BHS took in 1,446 homeless pets, but in 2013, that number dropped to 1,168.  We’re proud that we were able to rehome 100% of all our healthy, adoptable dogs, cats, small mammals, and birds.

Although BHS is primarily known as a place to surrender pets and adopt a new family member, we also provide numerous services and programs to people as well as their animals. Please explore our website to learn more about them.