Compassionate Caregiver Campaign @ Berkshire Humane Society
Feb 1 @ 12:00 am – Feb 28 @ 11:45 pm

Marley the cat waiting for a homeCompassionate Caregivers are very special supporters of our shelter.

This program is Berkshire Humane Society’s monthly sustained giving option. To celebrate the month of love, we set a goal to gain 25+ Compassionate Caregivers during February! Our goal for the year is 100.

When you join this program, you help support the work happening all day, every day. From food and bedding to toys and treats, your monthly donations fund our efforts to shelter and care for the homeless and displaced animals of the Berkshires and beyond, giving them a second chance at a happy ending. On average, an animal spends a month waiting for a new home.

Sign-up is easy. You can fill out the online form, or you may call (413) 447-7878 ext.131 and we’ll assist you over the phone. We will safely and conveniently charge your credit card each month for any amount you choose. Change this amount or update your information at any time by calling or emailing us. Our email is info@berkshirehumane.orgThis monthly, sustained giving is extremely important because it supports our work throughout the entire year.

When you give, you make so much possible. Give for a year, and you support…
$10 a month ~ Annually, $120 feeds 1 animal for 3 months.
$25 a month ~ Annually, $300 covers exams & vaccines for 12 animals.
$35 a month ~ Annually, $420 covers 1 scholarship and 1 guest speaker for Camp Humane.
$50 a month ~ Annually, $600 fixes 12 animals or covers medical costs for 3 SafePet animals.
Other ~ Every single dollar saves lives!

Lizzy and MikeNew Beginnings…Lizzy & Mike

Lizzy adopted Mike from a hoarding situation, prepared for him to live only a year. Four years later, their happy ending is still going strong! Find out why Lizzy Brown, Berkshire Humane Society’s Humane Educator, believes in her shelter and why she became a Compassionate Caregiver.

Putting your compassion to work is easy!

What are the benefits of this program over giving once or twice a year when I can?

First and foremost, our work never stops. The animals need care regardless of the time of year, holiday, current state of our finances. This is why we need the help of our community. Monthly giving allows you to give in smaller amounts all year long, which allows us to put those funds to good use right away. It’s a lifesaving choice. For us and for the animals!

Secondly, we will offer some fun benefits for these special supporters. There will be an annual luncheon that will treat supporters to a private tour of the shelter. You will receive emailed updates design specifically for our Compassionate Caregivers. And we hope to have a little gift in the mail to you this spring. Stay tuned!

After I signup, if I need to make a change to my gift, how do I do that?

Just give Berkshire Humane Society a call at (413) 447-7878 or email us at info@berkshirehumane.org. We can update your address, credit card info, or monthly gift amount – super simple!

If my situation changes, and I need to stop giving, can I stop whenever I want to?

Yes, of course! Just give us a call at (413) 447-7878 or email us at info@berkshirehumane.org and we’ll cancel your gift at that time. For the fastest service, call us.

When will my credit card be charged?

Your card will be charged on the day you sign up and each month around that same day. When making a change, please try to call a week in advance of this date to ensure the change takes place before your card is charged again.

What sort of documentation will I receive for tax purposes?

Currently, monthly givers receive a receipt each month. Save these for your records. We may move to quarterly receipts – so you would have 4 statements to show for your year of giving.

Fur Reclamation Drive @ Berkshire Humane Society
Mar 1 @ 12:00 am – Mar 31 @ 11:45 pm

bunnyLet’s bundle up our Berkshire wildlife babies!

No longer wild about your fur? Give it back to the wild babies during Berkshire Humane Society’s first-ever Fur Reclamation Drive. Fur garments will be dismantled and distributed to local wildlife rehabilitators to cuddle injured cubs and line the nests of orphaned youngsters. Rather than languishing at the back of your closet or taking up space in storage, your furs can help nurture and heal infant raccoons, rabbits, foxes, fawns, and coyotes, among other baby animals that live in the Berkshires and beyond. Donations of gently-used fur will be accepted during the month of March 2018 at the main shelter in Pittsfield (214 Barker Rd.), Purradise (301 Stockbridge Rd.) and Catwalk Boutique (325 Stockbridge Rd.) in Great Barrington, and Bark’n’Cat (28 Holden St.) in North Adams.

We welcome any and all fur coats, hats, gloves, stoles, and other fur items, or partial fur items. No mothball affected or recently dry-cleaned furs can be accepted due to chemical usage.

Important tax information: If donors wish to claim a deduction for their donation, we encourage them to consult IRS.gov and their tax specialist. Donated items should be appraised prior to drop-off, and any required tax forms, such as Form 8283, MUST BE completed in advance and presented at the time of donation. For questions, call Lizzy Brown at (413) 447 -7878 ext. 129 or email ebrown@berkshirehumane.org.

If you’d like to volunteer for the drive or have questions, please contact Lizzy Brown at ebrown@berkshirehumane.org. Stay tuned for more info and thank you for returning the fur to the animals.

Please visit these locations online or call to find out hours:

Berkshire Humane Society hours
214 Barker Rd., Pittsfield
(413) 447-7878 ext. 129

301 Stockbridge Rd., Great Barrington
(413) 717-4244

Catwalk Boutique
325 Stockbridge Rd., Great Barrington
CatwalkBoutique.org, (413) 717-4005

Bark N’ Cat
28 Holden St., North Adams
(413) 664-7777

Special thanks to Pam Youngquist PhD, animal welfare advocate volunteer, who is assisting Berkshire Humane Society with this new endeavor.

Comedy at the Plaza 34 @ Grand Ballroom, Crowne Plaza Pittsfield
Mar 10 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm


Comedy at the Plaza 34: Zip Stohr Comey Show

Saturday, March 10, 2018
Grand Ballroom, Crowne Plaza Pittsfield

18+ with proper ID

Featuring Dan Wilson, Tom Daddario & Lori Palminteri

Partial proceeds benefit Berkshire Humane Society. Purchase from the shelter and all proceeds benefit the shelter.

Learn more at facebook.com/zip.stohr

CHSS: Cannabidiol (CBD) & Pets @ Berkshire Humane Society
Mar 25 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

sleepy dogBerkshire Humane Society’s Coffee Hour Speaking Series presents their new talk Cannabidiol (CBD) & Pets: A Natural Alternative for Pain and Inflammation on March 25th at 2pm with Cheryl Hutto owner of www.HeroHemp.com. With her elderly standard poodle, Hutto was able to relieve arthritic pain and suffering through CBD oils.  All CHSS events will take place in our Family Dog School training room on the lower level of Berkshire Humane Society at 214 Barker Road in Pittsfield, MA. Always free! Always great conversation and delicious desserts!  To reserve a spot, call Lizzy at 413-447-7878, ext. 129 or email her at ebrown@berkshirehumane.org.

16th Annual Humane Race @ Colegrove Park Elementary School
Apr 28 all-day

The 16th annual Humane Race benefiting the homeless animals of the Berkshires will be held on Saturday, April 28, 2018. After many wonderful years in Williamstown, the 2018 timed 5K Run and 1-Mile Fun Walk will be hosted by the city of North Adams. The Humane Race is Berkshire Humane Society’s largest fundraiser held in northern Berkshire County. Participants may run/walk with or without a dog. This year’s fundraising goal is $20,000. Visit humanerace.org for information and to register.

Check-in/Registration 9:00 – 9:45am
Race begins 10:00am
The race will begin at Colegrove Park, 24 Church St., North Adams, MA 01247.

Register online or download and mail a paper registration form.

Interested in sponsoring this event? Learn more!

More details will follow soon!