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We always have lots of love to share at Berkshire Humane Society (BHS). So, in February, we’re celebrating Love-A-Bull Month with a variety of special events that spotlight pit bull dogs and responsible ownership of them.

Thanks to another grant from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, BHS is offering low-cost spaying and neutering to 30 pit bull dogs in Northern Berkshire County. To participate, owners of pit bull dogs in this area will need to register by coming to BHS beginning Tuesday, February 11, complete an application form, and pay a $50 fee. Owners will then schedule an appointment with the two participating veterinarians, Greylock Animal Hospital and North County Veterinary Clinic, between February 12 and April 31. After the dog is spayed or neutered, BHS will provide a $25 rebate to the owner. Registration is on a first come, first serve basis. The fee is nonrefundable and includes a rabies vaccination. For more information about this event, please contact the BHS kennel staff at 413-447-7878, ext. 26

Additionally, during the month of February, BHS will be offering a free training session for any pit bull dog adopted from us. Besides this training opportunity, the adoption fee includes spaying or neutering, age-appropriate vaccinations, micro-chipping, deworming, and much more. Stop by the shelter on Barker Road or visit our website, www.berkshirehumane.org, to see some of our pit bull dogs who are looking for their forever homes.

To celebrate Valentine’s Day on Friday, February 14, Ollie, our Canine Good Citizen Pit Bull Ambassador who was adopted from BHS, will be offering kisses for one dollar in a special Kissing Booth from 11:00pm-12:00pm and 3:00pm-4:00pm.

Finally, on Sunday, February 16, 2:00pm-4:00pm, BHS will host Caitlin Quinn from the Animal Farm Foundation as the next speaker in our popular Coffee Hour Speaking Series. In her presentation “Changing Perceptions about Pit Bull Dogs,” Caitlin will discuss myths and misunderstandings about pit bull dogs. Ollie will also make an encore appearance!

All events in the Coffee Hour Speaking Series are held at BHS and are free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Reservations aren’t necessary, but to save a spot and be eligible for a raffle at the presentation, please call 413-447-7878, ext. 28, or register here.

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Presented by the Berkshire Humane Society

To help celebrate Love a Bull Month at Berkshire Humane Society, Caitlin Quinn, Foundation Manager at the Animal Farm Foundation, will be the guest speaker for this month’s “Coffee Hour Speaking Series” on Sunday, February 16. In her presentation, “Changing Perceptions about Pit Bull Dogs,” Caitlin will discuss myths and misunderstandings about pit bull dogs. The Animal Farm Foundation, a not-for-profit corporation, is dedicated to securing equal treatment and opportunity for “pit bull” dogs. Ollie, our Good Citizen Pit Bull Ambassador who was adopted from Berkshire Humane Society, will also be making a guest appearance.

The “Coffee Hour Speaking Series” is held at the shelter on Barker Road is Pittsfield, 2:00pm – 4:00pm, and is free and open to the public. After Caitlin’s presentation, ample time will be provided for discus-sion and questions. Refreshments will be served. Reservations aren’t necessary, but if you’d like to save a spot and be eligible for a raffle at the end of the presentation, please call 413-447-7878, ext. 28 or register here.

Next month’s speaker is Mary A. Koncel from the Tufts/Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, who will examine the management of Bureau of Land Management wild horses on Sunday, March 16.

 

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Berkshire Humane Society (BHS) is excited to introduce our “Coffee Hour Speaking Series.” Throughout the year, we’ll feature experts, researchers, and authors discussing a wide range of timely and important animal topics.

Launching the “Coffee Hour Speaking Series” on Sunday, January 12, is author and history professor Diane Beers. Dr. Beers will trace the history of the animal welfare movement in the United States from its earliest beginnings until the 1970’s.

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After each presentation, ample time will be provided for discus­sion and questions. Refreshments will be served. All events will be held at the shelter, 2:00pm – 4:00pm, and are free and open to the public.

Reservations aren’t necessary, but if you’d like to save a spot and be eligible for a raffle at the end of the presentation, please call 413-447-7878, ext. 28 or register online to reserve a seat(s).

Upcoming speakers include Caitlin Quinn from the Animal Farm Foundation, who will discuss myths and misunderstandings about pit bull dogs on Sunday, February 16, and Mary A. Koncel from the Tufts/Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, who will examine the management of Bureau of Land Management wild horses on Sunday, March 16.

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An estimated 70 percent of Subaru Owners Have Pets; More than Any Other Auto Manufacturer

Pittsfield, MA (November 29, 2013) — Berkshire Humane Society (BHS) will join the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) and Subaru of America for the annual year-end Subaru “Share the Love” event and celebration, which kicks off November 21, 2013 and runs through January 2, 2014. As part of this national effort, BHS and Haddad Subaru have teamed up to create “100 Cats for Christmas,” a low-cost spaying and neutering event for cats in Berkshire County on Wednesday, December 18.

For every new Subaru purchased or leased during the “Share the Love” event, Subaru donates $250 to the owner’s choice of participating charities, one of which is ASPCA.  A majority of the ASPCA’s “Share the Love” donation is targeted for distribution as grants to animal welfare organizations, and BHS is pleased to be a recipient of a grant.

“Our shelter is committed to controlling the overpopulation of cats in Berkshire County,” says John Perreault, Executive Director of BHS. “With the funds from the ASPCA and help from our friends at Haddad Subaru in Pittsfield, our goal is to spay or neuter 100 cats before Christmas,” he explains. “This event will help our neighbors who can’t afford spaying or neutering but who want to be good, responsible cat owners.”

According to Perreault, BHS applied for ASPCA funding to host “100 Cats for Christmas” because of the ongoing need for low-cost spaying and neutering of cats in the community. Currently, the shelter offers other programs for this service, but the need constantly exceeds the number of openings.  For example, although the shelter’s Feline Spay Neuter Program, or CatSNIP, spayed and neutered about 200 cats this year, the wait for future appointments is over two months.

Perreault explains that Berkshire County residents registered to participate in “100 Cats for Christmas” will drop off their cats at BHS between 7:00am and 8:00am on Wednesday, December 18.  Sales staff from Haddad Subaru will then drive the cats to their appointments at local veterinarians, who have reduced their fees for this special day.  BHS staff will return the cats for pick-up at the shelter in the afternoon.

To participate in “100 Cats for Christmas,” residents of Berkshire County will need to preregister by coming to BHS, completing a registration form, and paying a non-refundable $25 fee before Saturday, December 14.  Registration is on a first come, first serve basis; the $25 fee also includes a rabies vaccination.  On the morning of the event, all cats must arrive at BHS in carriers with proper identification – the owner’s name and contact information as well as the cat’s name and description. BHS will provide carriers for cat owners who don’t have them.

Located on East Street, Haddad Subaru has been a long-time supporter of BHS.  Most recently, it partnered with the shelter on several satellite canine adoptions and the 2014 Subaru Outback Raffle, a major fundraiser for BHS. The car dealership also sponsors a “Dog of the Week” and generously donates $50 toward the adoption fee of this dog.

For more information about “100 Cats for Christmas,” call the BHS feline staff at 413-447-7878, ext. 24 or visit BerkshireHumane.org.  To learn more about the “Share the Love” campaign, visit www.aspca.org/subaru.

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Berkshire Humane Society
214 Barker Road, Pittsfield, MA 01201
413-447-7878. ext. 33
jperreault@berkshirehumae.org

For Immediate Release….

Berkshire Humane Society’s 18th Annual Woofstock Has a New Location
Put on your most comfy shoes and grab your best canine buddy – or two! Once again, it’s time for “Woofstock,” Berkshire Humane Society’s (BHS) annual dog walk. Held on Sunday, September 15, this year’s popular fundraiser that benefits the shelter’s homeless animals and community programs will take place at a new and scenic location – Richmond Pond at Camp Russell in Richmond, MA.

“Woofstock 2013” is a great opportunity to not only raise money for BHS but also have a fun and very affordable outing with your dogs, friends, and family members. Starting with a Pancake Breakfast, from 8am-11am, the event offers a full day of vendors, demonstrations, games, raffles, a bouncy house and other activities for kids and dogs, and, of course, a lovely walk around Richmond Pond, which begins at 11am. Great prizes will also be awarded to individual walkers and teams of walkers who collect the most pledges.

So far, the list of organizations and businesses that will be attending “Woodstock 2013” includes Allen Heights Veterinary Hospital, Benson’s Pet Center, Berkshire County Pet Sitters Network, Kamp Ketchum, Heartland Golden Retriever Rescue and Therapy Dogs, Love Us And Leave Us, Marki’s French Fries & Fried Dough, Starbucks, True Balance Animal Wellness, and Western MA D.A.R.T. Canine Good Citizen and Therapy Dog Testing will also be available for a fee.

Because BHS is caring for a record number of animals this summer, your participation in “Woofstock 2013” is especially important. To help, pick up a pledge form from your local veterinary office, a pet supply store, Berkshire Humane Society, or Purradise. (Or visit berkshirehumane.org to download one.) Then ask friends, neighbors, and family members to sponsor you. Because “Woofstock 2013” is a pleasant stroll around Richmond Pond and not a multi-mile walk, BHS suggest that pledges be based on the entire course. “Woofstock 2013” is a great opportunity to not only raise money for BHS but also have a fun and very affordable outing with your dogs, friends, and family members. Starting with a Pancake Breakfast, from 8am-11am, the event offers a full day of vendors, demonstrations, games, raffles, a bouncy house and other activities for kids and dogs, and, of course, a lovely walk around Richmond Pond, which begins at 11am. Great prizes will also be awarded to individual walkers and teams of walkers who collect the most pledges.
Any amount would be appreciated, and you can participate with or without a dog.

Feline lovers….don’t be left out! You can also raise money in honor or memory of your beloved cat or cats, all of which will be used to help the orphaned felines in our care at BHS and Purradise.

BHS is a privately funded shelter that receives no public money from any local, state or federal sources. Fundraisers, such as “Woofstock 2103,” are essential for its survival. Please consider helping BHS continue its work by supporting this important event. For more information about “Wolfstock 2013,” call 447-7878, ext. 31, or visit our website – berkshirehumane.org

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Hello,

Lizzy and I would like to introduce ourselves. Karen Karlberg retired, and we have been hired to fill her position- which means we’re also the new co-directors for Camp Humane!

We’ve begun registering campers for Camp Humane 2013, and we hope you and your child, or children, will join us for another exciting and educational “Animal Experience.”

This year Berkshire Humane Society (BHS) will once again offer five sessions for children entering third through eighth grade, with the first session beginning July 15. Each session runs Monday through Friday, from 9:00am to 3:00pm, and is limited to 20 campers.

However, while Camp Humane will continue to provide campers with opportunities to work directly with shelter animals and learn from shelter staff at BHS, each session will include an emphasis on a particular category of animal. We believe this change will provide campers with a more focused learning opportunity each session and insure that each year will be different if they decide to return. Here’s our schedule:

Grade 3 – Companion Animals – July 15th~19th

Grade 4 – Farm Animals – July 22nd~26th

Grade 5 – Working Animals - July 29th~August 2nd

Grade 6 – Ecology / Wildlife – August 5th~9th

Grades 7/8 – Zoology / Wildlife - August 12th~16th

Activities will include presentations and hands-on demonstrations by animal experts; field trips to farms and sanctuaries; animal-related arts and crafts; and journaling and reflection time.

The goals of Camp Humane include 1) instructing children about proper care and responsibility for domestic animals as pets and companions; 2) introducing children to working animals, farm animals, and wildlife as well as educating them about the many ways these animals enrich our lives; and 3) teaching children about the important work and mission of BHS.

Tuition is $260 if received before June 7th. Families who enroll more than one child receive a $10 discount for each camper. A limited number of full and partial scholarships are available.

For more information or to download a registration package, please visit Camp Humane and, of course, if you have any questions, feel free to call us at 413-447-7878, ext. 28 (Mary) or 29 (Lizzy).

Best,

 

Lizzy and Mary

 

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January 30th, 2013 Pittsfield MA…The Berkshire Humane Society will being distribution of spay/neuter surgery vouchers on February 1st to help celebrate “Prevent a Litter Month”. The spay/neuter vouchers are intended to assist pet owners who would otherwise not be able to afford the important surgeries for their pets. Funding for the vouchers is from a grant by the Hamm Trust Fund. A canine voucher will be worth $100 and a feline or rabbit will be for $75 towards the cost of the surgery. This year, pet owners will have 60 days to make an appointment with a participating veterinarian hospital.

BHS will directly reimburse the veterinarian for the amount of the voucher, once the surgery has been performed. After the voucher has been applied to the surgery bill, the pet owner is responsible for the remaining amount and any additional costs the veterinarian may have to include. There is no cash value associated with the vouchers and the limit is two per pet owner. Once those have been used, the owner can obtain another voucher if there are any funds still available. Vouchers are on a first come first serve basis until the funds are gone.

John Perreault, Executive Director of BHS, says of the program, “We’ve helped over 3,200 families spay and neuter their pets since starting this program over 10 years ago.” He added, we have had pet owners calling since early January to see if BHS will have funds available again this year”. Shelter Manager, Cheryl Truskowski, added, “Pet overpopulation is a huge problem and can be prevented by owner’s spaying and neutering their cats, dogs and rabbits. She added, “By having a pet spayed/neutered, it not only prevents pet population increases, but it can help prevent reproductive organ cancers, lowers aggression levels and can aid the problem of constant peeing and marking of territory”.

Eligible pet owners are asked to bring a valid photo ID to the Pittsfield shelter at 214 Barker Road during their normal hours of operation; Tuesday –Saturday 10am -4pm, Thursday evenings 5-8pm and Sunday 1-4pm. Or at Purradise, The BHS cat adoption center at 301 Stockbridge Road in Gt. Barrington; Wed –Friday 12- 6pm Sat. 10-4pm and Sunday 12- 4pm.

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DSC_4207W Dorothy M. ~ $1,000
Joe M. ~ $500
Davaia S. ~ $250
David L. ~ $150
Kathy H. ~ $100

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Promotion at the Berkshire Humane Society

 Pet Connection "Homes for the Holidays"Dec 1st, 2012 Pittsfield, MA…Steve Caporizzo, NEWS10′s Chief Meteorologist, has announced a special Pet Connection adoption promotion that the Berkshire Humane Society on Barker Road in Pittsfield, MA will be participating in starting the week of December 4th and continuing until the funds are exhausted. Pet Connection will sponsor every homeless pet for $50 off the adoption fee. The event also includes Purradise; Berkshire Humane Society’s Feline Adoption Center located at 301 Stockbridge Rd. in Gt. Barrington, MA.

The goal is to have 380 pets adopted and “Home for the Holidays” during the month of December at BHS and other animal shelters in the Capital Region. Caporizzo will be promoting the pet adoption sponsorships each night during his weather forecast segment. He will also keep track of how many pets are being adopted for his viewers. The event will kick-off with a live shoot at the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society from 4 – 6:30 pm.

The Berkshire Humane Society Adoption Counselors will be on hand during regular hours of operation to assist potential adopters with finding the best cat or dog for their home. The Pittsfield and Gt. Barrington Locations will be open on Saturday Dec 22nd & Sunday 23rd, closing for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. To view current available pets please visit the shelter’s website at www.berkshirehumane.org.

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November 2, 2012 Pittsfield, MA…Once again this year, in honor of Veteran’s Day, the Berkshire Humane Society and Purradise Cat Adoption Center will offer appropriate pet adoptions free of charge for all retired and active military service personnel. The special Pets for Vets Project will be held from November 11th through the 17th. Those qualified military personnel interested in adopting a new pet are asked to present a valid DD214, a VA Medical Card or a Military ID At the time of the application.

Adoption hours at the main shelter on 214 Barker Road in Pittsfield, MA are Tuesday –Saturday 10am -4pm, Thursday evenings 5-8pm and Sunday 1-4pm. Purradise cat adoption center located at 301 Stockbridge Road in Gt. Barrington is open Wednesday – Friday 12 – 6pm, Saturday 10am-4pm and Sunday 12-4pm. Available pets can be viewed on the website at www.berkshirehumane.org.

The Berkshire Humane Society and Purradise, its Cat Adoption center, has placed over 16,000 homeless animals into new loving homes since 1992. BHS also offers 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. Purradise is located at 301 Stockbridge Road in Gt. Barrington. Its hours are Wed- Fri 12-6pm, Sat 10am – 4pm & Sun 12-4pm. Its phone number is 413-717-4244. The website for both is www.berkshirehumane.org.

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November 1, 2012 Pittsfield, MA…The Staff at the Berkshire Humane Society and at Purradise Cat Adoption Center, are excited to announce the adoption specials for November to celebrate Adopt-a-Senior-Pet-Month. In addition to the $50 adoption fee for all pets 7 years and older, this year any senior (age 55+) will be able to adopt a senior pet for free.

Cheryl Truskowski, Shelter Manager, says, “We have several older cats that are often overlooked when it’s time to adopt, so this is a chance to highlight these deserving animals with special incentives, senior dogs are also included in the specials this month too,” she added. BHS is also conducting a raffle for a special basket of goodies to be drawn the last day of November. All senior pets adopted at BHS and Purradise during November will have their names entered in the raffle. The adoption fee will still include the spay/neutering surgery, micro-chipping of the animal and help with any questions from the knowledgeable staff.

There are several good reasons to adopt an older pet; senior pets are normally already housetrained; dogs will know how to ask to be let outside when they need to go, and cats will know how to use their litter boxes. Also with a senior pet what you see is what you get; you know how big your pet’s going to be, how he/she looks, and how active he/she is. Senior cats and dogs are mellower and tend to have better house manners.

The Barker Road shelter is open for adoptions Tuesday thru Saturday 10am until 4pm, Thursday evenings 5-8pm and Sundays 1pm until 4pm. Purradise is open Wednesday thru Friday 12pm until 6pm, Saturday 10am – 4pm and Sunday 12-4pm. Current available pets can also be viewed at the Berkshire Humane Society’s website, www.berkshirehumane.org.

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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.

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October 3, 2012 Pittsfield, MA… The Berkshire Humane Society has some new promotions for October to help celebrate National Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month.  Not only will every dog who is adopted during October be entered into a raffle for a chance to win a basket of Treats & Toys selected especially for the winning dog, but each new dog adopter will be able to choose from a basket of specially stuffed tennis balls to see if they may win a free adoption.  Other prizes include $50, $25, $15 and $10 off coupons for the dog adoption.  Each dog adopted during October will also receive a free Pet I.D. Tag to go home with their new pet.

Kennel Supervisor, Roberta Townsend, says, “We have a really great variety of dogs right now at Berkshire Humane.  They are different ages, personalities and breeds to choose from.” She added, “A dog can add much to a person or family’s life; a warm body next to you on the sofa, a jogging buddy on cool mornings, and an adoring face to greet you after a hard day at work or a dog can be a constant companion through the good times and the bad.  Roberta and the rest of the canine staff will gladly help potential adopters to find the best match for their family.  They suggest starting at the website, www.berkshirehumane.org, to get an idea of what dogs are available or to call the shelter directly, at 413-447-7878 ext. 26 to ask for current updates.

 

For anyone who already has a dog; consider adding another one to your family. Or donate to help other dogs get the loving care and homes they need so much.

The shelter is open Tuesday through Saturday 10am -4pm, Sunday 1pm – 4pm and Thursday evenings an additional 5-8pm.  Fees for adopting a dog start at $150, this includes, spaying or neutering, micro-chipping, and vaccinations.

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September 4, 2012 Pittsfield, MA …The Berkshire Humane Society’s annual dog walk event “Woofstock” is scheduled for Sunday, September 16th at Burbank Park in Pittsfield. This popular family event brings dogs and their owners together for a day of fun, food and fund-raising for the homeless animals at the Berkshire Humane Society. Everyone is welcome to attend, with or without dogs. Once again the event begins with a pancake breakfast from 8 am until 11 am; cost is $5 per person, Starbucks coffee will be available. Registration for the 1.5 mile dog walk begins at 10 am with the walk along the picturesque shores of Onota Lake starting at 11am. There will be a Blessing of the Animals before the walk begins and a special Parade Marshall will be honored at the start of the walk too.

Woodstock’s activities will also include a Kidgility Contest, Best Dog Trick, Best Costume and Best Musical Sits & Downs Contests. There will be a Bouncy House for children, food vendors, and a variety of merchandise from outside vendors to purchase throughout the event. A spectacular selective raffle contest will also be available to help the Berkshire Humane Society’s many homeless animals and programs at the shelter.

Special prizes will be awarded this year too, the child who raises the most money over $700, will receive a Wii entertainment system and the team that raises the most money in pledges will receive a catered lunch from Samel’s Deli for up to 10 people. Pledge forms are available at the shelter on Barker Road in Pittsfield and at Purradise in Gt. Barrington. Pledge forms can also be found online at www.berkshirehumane.org.

Participants can also create their own on-line Fundraising Page with greatergiving, just follow the link on the Woofstock page to create your team or personal fundraising page. Then show up on Sunday the 16th at Burbank Park to walk. Please call Diane Briggs at 413-447-7878 ext. 31 for more information. Don’t miss out on this “dog gone good time”. Come Bark in the Park with your friends from Berkshire Humane Society on Sunday, September 16th at Burbank Park on Onota Lake in Pittsfield, MA.

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May 31, 2012, Pittsfield, MA ….The Berkshire Humane Society is celebrating “June is Adopt a Shelter Cat Month.” With a different promotion for every day they are open, at the Barker Road Shelter and Purradise Cat Adoption Center in Gt. Barrington. Feline adoptions will be reduced to $75 for that particular day. The only exception is the “Senior’s for Seniors” program which is always a $50 adoption fee. The traditional special of “2 Fur 1” Buddy Program adoptions will apply for cats over the age of one year.

There will also be $5 nail trimmings by appointment at both shelters and every cat adoption owner’s name will go into a raffle for an “Ultimate Scratching Post” to be drawn the last day of the month.

Call the feline department at BHS at 413-447-7878 ext. 24 or at Purradise 413-717-4244 for more information or to make an appointment. View available felines here.

Daily Specials include:

Fat Tuesday $75 for cats over 10 lbs

Wacky Hair Wednesday $75 for longhair cats

Tri-color Thursday $75 for all tri-color cats

Black Fridays $75 for cats with 50% or more black fur

Tabby Saturday $75 for all tiger cats

Senior Sunday $50 Cats 7 yrs and older

 

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May 31, 2012, Pittsfield, MA… In honor of Adopt a Shelter Cat Month in June, the Berkshire Humane Society will be holding three feline micro-chip clinics in Berkshire County during June. The cost is $20 per cat and the first 20 customers at each location will receive a free cat safety collar. Feline Supervisor, Erin Starsja, says “The reason for the micro-chip clinics is to help solve the stray cat problem in Berkshire County and beyond. Only 1% of the strays that come through our shelter doors find their original owners.” She added, “By micro chipping the cats, we hope to greatly increase the percentage of happy endings.” The cost of $20 is very reasonable and includes not only the micro-chip but also the registration for “24 Pet Watch”, the Shelter’s micro-chip supplier. All cats, dogs and rabbits adopted from BHS are routinely micro-chipped. The feline staff will also micro-chip cats by appointment during the month of June at the Barker Road Shelter and Purradise Adoption Center in Gt. Barrington. Please call 413-447-7878 ext. 24 or 413-717-4244 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

$20 Cat Micro-chip Clinic Locations:

• June 9th Purradise 301 Stockbridge Rd, Gt. Barrington 10am -12pm

• June 23rd Bark n Cat 28 Holden St., North Adams 10:30am -12pm

• June 30th BHS 214 Barker Rd, Pittsfield 10am -12p

 

 

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4/26/12  Pittsfield, MA… Prepare to be delighted, dumbfounded, and most of all dazzled as Berkshire Humane Society presents “Dazzle Dogs” on May 20th at the Masonic Temple, 116 South St. in Pittsfield. The group of performing dogs consists of three Corgis, an Australian shepherd, a retriever, and a Border collie, each dancing around, flying through agility obstacles, and performing hilarious stunts that will delight a crowd of all ages. The performance kicks off at 12pm and is preceded by a hearty pancake breakfast from 8-11 am. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children 8 and under. Price includes the breakfast and show or just come to the show for $10.00. All proceeds go to benefit Berkshire Humane Society’s Woofstock “Bark in the Park” event scheduled for this September 16th. Tickets can be bought at Berkshire Humane Society on Barker Road in Pittsfield or at Pretty Paws on Tyler Street. For questions call Diane at 413-447-7878 ext. 31.

 

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Downtown Williamstown is gearing up for Cinco de Mayo day, Saturday May 5th, when runners, walkers and their dogs gather together for a tail wagging event. The Tenth Annual Humane Race will unite hundreds of people and their pets for a 5 K run or 1 mile walk through the picturesque college town. Along the meandering route volunteers will cheerfully encourage the pounding feet and paws onward as they navigate the course to the finish line, where the festivities begin. A schedule of events follows:

*Early registration begins at 8:30 AM at 16 Water Street

*Children’s book reading at 9:00 AM at Water Street Books

*Race commences at 10:00 AM from in front of theBrowns on Spring Street

*The race event ends about at 12:00 PM at the Municipal Parking Lot on Spring Street.

*Dogs are free

The race begins with all participants receiving goody bags filled with yummy treats and treasures for themselves and their pooches like doggie bandanas. The first 150 registered runners/walkers will receive a commemorative Cinco de Mayo tee shirt, displaying a playful pup on the front. The running pack includes solo runners and dogs with their owners. If that’s too tough for you, join the leisure walking groups being escorted by their best friends.

Proudly, the runners will cross the finish line panting and sweaty to cheering fans, live music performed by the Williams Octet (A Capella group), and delicious treats to eat. Their four legged friends will choose a different path and head for the doggie watering hole and swimming pool. Once cooled down, the participants come together for prizes galore. One favorite is the owner/dog lookalike contest.

Another highly anticipated prize is the Ipad 2. To qualify all you have to do is raise $500.00 or more in pledges. You don’t even have to run the race. If your name is drawn you could be heading home with a brand new Apple.

Over the years the Humane Race has raised more than $100,000.00 for the Berkshire Humane Society. “It is events like this which allow us to rescue and place hundreds of animals in loving homes” said the BHS director John Perreault. “This has become such a great tradition for families and friends and dog lovers alike.”

Ten years ago, Alix and Brian Cabral organized the Humane Race in Williamstown Massachusetts. It has evolved over the years to become a celebrated event. Many local sponsors including Greylock Animal Hospital and Donovan & O’Connor, volunteers and participants come together in support of the Berkshire Humane Society. For more information, course map or to register visit www.humanerace.org or to contact Alix or Brian Cabral, e-mail them at info@humanerace.org or call (413)441-3677.

 

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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.

 

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(04/04/12)Pittsfield, MA… The Berkshire Humane Society is now accepting registrations for Camp Humane, their children’s summer educational program. The camp runs for five separate weeks, starting July 9th through August 10th with each week dedicated to a specific age group. The camp provides children from grades 3-8 the opportunity to have hands-on exposure to shelter animals and outside animals as well as the chance to participate in exciting craft projects, listen to professional animal-related speakers, and participate in agility demonstrations.

“It’s the perfect mix of presentations, animals, and fun; all while we learn about compassion and caring for pets,” says Camp Director, Karen Karlberg. “Every week we have a professional presenter scheduled, including Wingmasters with birds of prey, Zoo-on-the-Go, and Animal World Experience with a variety of exotic pets.” Among other activities, campers get to wash a dog, paint a portrait of a live animal, and create their own camp T-shirts. Each camp session runs Monday to Friday from 9am to 3pm and campers bring their own lunch, snack, and beverages. Camp tuition is $260 per child or $250 per child if more than one sibling attends camp. The deadline for camp registration is June 1st. Scholarships and reduced tuitions requests must also be submitted by June 1st on a separate form. Camp forms are available by clicking here (Requires Adobe Reader, camp application and instructions – 5 pages)

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For the Berkshire Humane Society April 5th

Patrons of Arizona Pizza in Lee will not only enjoy great food from 4 PM until closing, but they will also be Giving Back to the Berkshire Humane Society whether they dine in or take out. Owner Rob Trask wanted to help BHS since the organization had made such a positive impact on his daughter, Sienna, when she held her birthday party at the Barker Road Shelter in January of this year. Sienna has been raising money for the shelter animals by selling handmade bookmarkers; she has raised $85 and donated another $50 of her own money to the homeless animals. Trask says she still wants to do more, so he decided to let her setup a “Dining to Donate Night” at his restaurant, Arizona Pizza, on Park Street in Lee. They plan to donate 15% of sales that evening, both dine-in and take-out, to the Berkshire Humane Society. Sienna also plans to sell more bookmarkers and possible establish a raffle that evening as well.

 

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March 8, 2012, Pittsfield, MA…The Berkshire Humane Society’s Annual Lasagna Dinner will be held on Thursday March 29th from 5 until 7 PM. Once again, the event will be held at Crissey Farm Berkshire Banquet House, the banquet facility located next to the Brewery in the Jenifer House Commons at 426 Stockbridge Road in Great Barrington. The cost is $12 for adults and $6 for children under 12 and is payable at the door. Both meat and vegetarian lasagna will be served, along with garlic bread and a salad. All proceeds will go to Purradise.

The event patrons will have a chance to help the homeless pets at the Berkshire Humane Society shelter and Purradise Cat Adoption Center that evening by participating in selective raffles and a chance to shop at the Purradise Boutique table. Items up-for-grabs include assorted wines, clothing, and dinners out at area restaurants. The annual lasagna event is an opportunity to meet fellow animal lovers catch up on all the exciting doings at the Berkshire Humane Society in Pittsfield and at Purradise in Great Barrington and a chance to view cats available for adoption on the big screen while enjoying great food.

 

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Congratulations to the Winners of Our 2012 Cook-Off

Samel’s Deli, Pittsfield – Restaurant Category
Tom Morandi, Stamford, Vermont – Home Chef

and a sincere thank you to our other participants

 

Restaurants:

Café Reva
Halprin’s Grub & Grog
Matt Reilly’s

Home Chefs:

Don Ahrens
Patrick Bucier & Michelle McNeil
Tracy Cahalan
Joan Fields
Kathleen Hakes
Bill Johnson
Al Kazura

The Chili Cookoff Committee wishes to thank and recognize Different Drummer’s Kitchen, Peace Train Tees, Whorlees, and all of our taste-testers who supported the event!

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January 25, 2012 Pittsfield MA… The Berkshire Humane Society will be distributing vouchers for spay/neuter surgeries in honor of “Prevent a Litter Month” starting February 1st, 2012. The Spay/Neuter vouchers are now funded from the Mass RMV branch, selling animal friendly license plates to help cats, dogs, and rabbits in Massachusetts. The program is made possible by the Mass. Animal Coalition, a non-profit organization that facilitates collaboration among those who work in animal welfare.

“With the $6,000 grant from the MAC, we can help twice as many people this year than we could before,” stated John Perreault, Executive Director of BHS. “In the past we’ve helped over 3,000 families spay and neuter their pets and with the economy, more people than ever are coming to us for help.” According to BHS feline supervisor, Cheryl Truskowski, overpopulation because of owners not spaying and neutering their animals is a huge problem. Getting a pet fixed not only prevents population increase, but it also lowers aggression levels and constant peeing and marking of territory.

Eligible pet owners can come to the shelter at 214 Barker Road in Pittsfield or Purradise, cat adoption center at 301 Stockbridge Road in Gt. Barrington during normal business hours. The requirements are a valid license/ID and proof of residence in Berkshire County. Pet owners MUST be in financial need to receive the voucher. Recipients are responsible for making the surgery appointment at a participating veterinary hospital, and must pay the balance of the cost of surgery after the voucher has been applied. The vouchers have no cash value, with BHS reimbursing the veterinary hospitals directly for the surgery; $60 towards a feline spay/neuter surgery and $75 for a canine surgery. The vouchers are helpful to pet owners who cannot afford to spay and neuter their cats and dogs and are available on a first come basis until the funds are gone.

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January 11, 2012 Pittsfield, MA…The Berkshire Humane Society is inviting both restaurants and the general public to participate in the first “Best Dog-Gone Chili Cook-off” to be held on Sunday, February 12th from 12 to 2 p.m. at Patterson Field House at Berkshire Community College on outer West St. in Pittsfield. The Best Dog-Gone Chili Cook-off will be held in conjunction with the annual “Not Your Average Dog Show” (entry form) also on February 12 at the Patterson Field House at BCC.

Registration is free for all those wishing to compete. There will be categories for both professional and amateur chili chefs, as they vie for a chance to win a top prize and a feature article in “Humane Tails” the BHS newsletter. To enter download the entry form for professional or home chef or stop by the shelter at 214 Barker Rd. in Pittsfield or Pretty Paws on Tyler St. in Pittsfield for an entry form.  View the contest guidelines here.

Entry forms must be submitted by February 9th. All types of chili may be entered in the contest, including vegetarian. This is a great opportunity for all chefs who want to show- off their chili recipes. For any questions, please contact Kathy Kazura, at Pretty Paws, 413-443-0191.

Tickets are $5.00 for those who want to sample and cast their vote for the “Best Dog Gone Chili” on the day of the event, Feb 12th, at BCC.

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November 1, 2011, Pittsfield, MA… The Berkshire Humane Society’s television show: Purr, Wag, Adopt has won the “Annie Award” presented by Bernard Avalle, Director of PCTV, at their annual meeting this past August. The Purr, Wag, Adopt show is produced by BHS volunteers and staff. Nine episodes have aired since the show began in February of 2011.

The shows are hosted by Executive Director of the Shelter, John Perreault, and have featured various guests in the animal profession, such as local veterinarians Dr. Michelle Looney and Dr. John Reynolds discussing pet wellness care and senior pet needs; Humane Race Chairwoman Alix Cabral; and Dave Di Nicola, who started the “Strong in Spirit Motorcycle” fundraiser. Also featured in a show was DART member Corrine Mckeown explaining animal disaster preparedness, and Sergeant Joe Chague, Pittsfield Animal Control Officer, talking about pet safety. Each show also showcases pets available for adoption at the Shelter on 214 Barker Road in Pittsfield and at Purradise at 301 Stockbridge Road in Great Barrington.

The show is seen on local cable channel 16 on Tuesdays at 2:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., and is repeated on Wednesdays at 4:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. Copies of each episode are sent to North Berkshire TV Corporation for viewing on their channel and to CTSB in Lee for South County viewers. The “Annie Award” is presented to a member organization for outstanding achievement or contribution that has positively impacted the community through the use of television programming, while advancing the mission of the organization. The original award was given to Ann Moran Cassuccelli, of the Berkshire United Way, for her advancement of the agency through PCTV programing, hence the name “Annie Award”.

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With Free Adoptions for Military Personnel

November 3, 2011 Pittsfield, MA…The Berkshire Humane Society Shelter will offer free pet adoptions November 10th through the 13th for all retired and active military service personnel. “Shelter Executive Director, John Perreault, said, “We wanted to do something special for those who protect our county and thought extending a free adoption to a veteran or serviceman would be a great way to honor the day and their service.” All participants must still meet adoption qualifications to receive the free adoption rate from Thursday through Sunday. Those military personnel interested in adopting a cat or dog from the shelter at 214 Barker Road in Pittsfield or at Purradise on 301 Stockbridge Road in Gt. Barrington, are asked to bring a DD214, a VA Medical Card or a Military ID to present to the staff at the time of the adoption application. The Barker Road Shelter is opened on Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and then from 5 to 8 p.m., Friday & Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. The Purradise cat adoption center is open on Thursday and Friday 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. for this special offer. There are many dogs and cats waiting for forever loving homes that these American heroes can provide and BHS wants to help bring them together to celebrate Veteran’s Day.

 

 

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October 28, 2011, Pittsfield, MA … The Berkshire Humane Society Horse Show has been rescheduled to Sunday November 6th at Overmeade Farm, 940 East Street, Lenox. The event was postponed due to Hurricane Irene. The 19th annual event begins at 9 a.m. rain or shine. Spectators are invited to come and watch area riders compete in the day-long event. The horse show is recognized by the Western Massachusetts Professional Horseman’s Association (WNEPHA) and includes competitions for all levels of riding. All proceeds will benefit the animals at the Berkshire Humane Society Shelter. The annual event has raised over $150,000 in the past 18 years for homeless pets. If you would like to be a horse show sponsor, or receive information, please contact Berkshire Humane Society at (413) 447-7878.

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October 28, 2011 Pittsfield, MA …November has been designated as “Adopt a Senior Pet Month” and to celebrate, The Berkshire Humane Society will reduce the adoption fee to $50 for all senior pets at the shelter on Barker Road and at Purradise Cat Adoption Center in Gt. Barrington. A senior pet is a canine seven years and older and a feline six years and older. John Perreault, Executive Director of the Berkshire Humane Society stated that, “We have some great older cats and dogs at the shelter and the staff wanted to celebrate National Adopt a Senior Pet month by making it easier to adopt these often overlooked animals.” BHS is also conducting a raffle for a $40 Gift Certificate to Pretty Paws on Tyler Street in Pittsfield. All senior pets adopted at BHS and Purradise during November will have their names entered in the raffle.

“We are always looking for ways to bring potential adopters to BHS for their next pet, and with the reduced adoption fee of $50, we hope to give them an added incentive to adopt an animal from a shelter,” added Perreault. The adoption fee includes the spay/neutering surgery, micro-chipping of the animal and much more.

Puppies and Kittens are adorable and adopted out fast, but there are many loving older pets that need “retirement homes” to call their own. Other reasons to adopt an older pet are that senior pets are normally already housetrained; dogs will know how to ask to be let outside when they need to go, and cats will know how to use their litter boxes. Also with a senior pet what you see is what you get; you know how big your pet’s going to be, how he/she looks, and how active he/she is. Senior cats and dogs are mellower and tend to have better house manners.

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October 7, 2011 Pittsfield, MA The Berkshire Humane Society is celebrating National Adopt-a-Dog Month with a chance to win a special Canine Gift Basket and 20% off any canine merchandise at the shelter.  Each dog adopted during the month of October will be entered in the raffle. The Canine Services Manager, Lisa Corbett, says “A dog can be a constant companion through good times and bad, an adoring face to greet you after a hard day at work or a warm body next to you on the sofa or a jogging buddy on cool mornings.  We currently have a great variety of different ages, personalities and breeds to choose from.  The canine staff will assist potential adopters to find the best match for their family.”  For anyone who already has a dog; consider adding another one to your family. Or donate to help other dogs get the loving care and homes they need so much.

Dogs can give you what you need, and during Adopt-A-Dog Month® you can give a homeless dog what it needs: You.   The shelter is open Tuesday through Saturday 10am -4pm, Sunday 1pm – 4pm and Thursday evenings an additional 5-8pm.  The phone number for the canine area is 413-447-7878 ext. 26.  Available dogs can also be viewed on the website: www.berkshirehumnae.org/adoption/dogs.  Fees for adopting a dog start at $150, this includes, spaying or neutering, micro-chipping, and vaccinations.

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October 7, 2011 Pittsfield, MA …The Berkshire Humane Society’s main shelter at 214 Barker Road in Pittsfield will be the site of The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) seminar for “Advanced Effective Animal Advocacy.”   The free seminar is in partnership with the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA). Alexis Fox from HSUS, Linda Huebner from MSPCA and State Representative Paul Mark  will be presenting at the seminar.
All HSUS and MSPCA members, supporters and other animal advocates are encouraged to attend.  The program is scheduled for Thursday, October 13, 2011 from 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM in the classroom at BHS.   Ample parking is available.  Pre-Registration for the seminar is suggested.  RSVP on-line at   http://action.humanesociety.org/site/Calendar/966544577.

The seminar will discuss tips for becoming a more persuasive animal advocate, effective animal advocacy campaigns and teach proven strategies for organizing an effective campaign to protect animals in your community and beyond.  The seminar will also provide training on vital skills such as public speaking, coalition building and effective writing.  This is a chance for fellow animal lovers to network and hone their advocacy skills and to visit the state of the art shelter in Pittsfield Ma.  Lend your voice for animals in Massachusetts and beyond!

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IN SUPPORT OF LOCAL CHARITIES
Anonymous Donor Will Match Donations up to $10,000.00

David DiNicola, a local contractor, will be begin his solo cross country motorcycle ride Saturday, August 13 at 9 A.M. from the Berkshire Humane Society on Barker Road in Pittsfield Massachusetts. The COBB motorcycle group will escort David on the first 100 miles of his destination to Eureka California. This fundraising journey is in memory of his late German Shepherd dog, KaDee. Every penny donated will go directly to the Berkshire Humane Society and the Catskill Animal Sanctuary. All animal lovers are invited to join the party at 8:00 A.M. for pastries and coffee. Donations can be made by visiting their web site or at the BHS on launch day. To their amazement an anonymous donor, who connected with David’s story, agreed to match all donations up to $10,000.00 starting July 1st. Don’t let this opportunity go by. By going to thestronginspirit.com you can double your donation of support for these incredibly amazing animals.

Why is he doing this? It’s simple. David and his wife Karen loved their amazing KaDee, who at age 13, lost the ability to walk overnight. Not knowing KaDee, you might have assumed that was the end. Not so. A week later they set off to fit her for a set of wheels. David could hardly keep her still while she was being strapped in for the first time. Immediately she accepted the wheels with a renewed fascination for life and never looked back. She even entered the Berkshire Humane 5 K Race and kept on rolling for three more years.

Symbolically David will ride 4000 miles, 10 states in 10 days, on his two wheels (a Fatboy Harley-Davidson) on Historic Route 50 in hopes of raising $100,000.00. Once in California he will place KaDee’s ashes amongst the strong and spirited giant redwoods. In 28 years of marriage, David and Karen have owned seven German Shepherds, with the most being four at one time. He is quoted as saying, “They all deserve special mention and maybe we will continue with some sort of fundraiser each year but KaDee was definitely unique”. He also wants you to know that if you have a pet you would like to honor just donate $35.00 or more and they will post their picture on their web site under “Special Pets”.

Both David and Karen are vegetarians and wanted to be sure to raise awareness for all types of animals, both domestic and farm. That is one reason why they have selected two different non-profit organizations for their fundraiser. Can you select one or the other? The answer is “Yes”. Their web site guides you through the process.

Join them on launch date, August 13 at 8:00 A.M. at the Berkshire Humane Society. There will be pastries and coffee and Steve Caporizzo from Channel 10 will be broadcasting the weather. Maybe you’ll even find your next best friend.

If you would like to double your donation please visit the Strong in Spirit web site at thestronginspirit.com. To learn more about launch date call John Perreault at the BHS at (413) 448-2854. To learn more about the CAS email Michelle at michelle@casanctuary.org

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The Berkshire Humane Society is celebrating Adopt-A-Cat-Month this June with special promotions to help you give a shelter cat a second chance in a loving home of their own. This year, BHS and Purradise, its cat Adoption Center in Gt. Barrington, is offering the popular “2 Fur 1 Special”. This is a reduced adoption rate for 2 cats during the entire month of June. Cheryl Truskowski, Feline Supervisor at the Berkshire Humane Society, hopes this will be incentive to consider adopting one of the many pairs of cats that are currently waiting at both shelters for a home they can go to together.

Along with the special 2-Fur-1 rate, there is a raffle for an Ultimate Cat Scratching Post and a free custom ID tag with every cat collar purchased. Each newly adopted cat’s owner will be entered in the raffle to be held at the end of June at both BHS and Purradise. Nail-trimmings will also be available for $5 and a $25 microchip clinic is planned throughout the month. Both of these services need to be scheduled ahead of time by calling the BHS Feline Department at 413-447-7878 x 24 or Purradise at 413-717-4244.

Viewing and adoption hours at the main shelter on 214 Barker Road in Pittsfield are Tuesday through Saturday 10am -4pm, Sunday 1pm -4pm and Thursday evenings 5-8pm. The hours for Purradise located at 310 Stockbridge Road in Gt. Barrington are Wednesday through Friday 12-6pm Saturday 10-4pm and Sunday 12-4pm.

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The young people of Berkshire County are expressing their concerns for the plight of our homeless cats by creating “Cats of Every Color & Stripe” for Purradise. They’re using all kinds of different mediums to do it. The finished illustrations are intended to promote awareness about the stray-cat crisis in our area and to raise funds that will help these needy cats find warm and loving homes. According to the participating schools, the children are excited to be able to help. “They’ve been stopping by Purradise in Gt. Barrington, for inspiration by visiting all the cats of every color and stripe that are available at the adoption center,” says Tara Sherman, Purradise Manager. Children will also be painting cat pictures at the Berkshire Humane Society headquarters on Barker Road in Pittsfield.

On Sunday May 29th, even more children will be able to paint cats at the Purradise First Birthday Celebration. It will be held at Purradise, located at 301 Stockbridge Road in Great Barrington from 12 – 4pm. The public is invited to visit the felines available for adoption, paint or draw cats, enjoy a tag sale, purchase delicious food at the bake sale, shop at the Purradise Boutique, buy a custom made Pet ID tag and much more. All proceeds from the day’s event will go towards the care and feeding of the cats of Purradise.

Then on Friday July 22nd from 6-10pm, the Berkshire Humane Society will hold its “Cats of Every Color & Strip” Kit Kat Club Gala at the Crissey Farm Banquet House, located at 426 Stockbridge Road in the Jenifer House Commons. This year, The Kit Kat Club will feature the inspired cat portraits of the young Berkshire artists. It promises to be a laid-back night the whole family can enjoy, with live music, silent auctions, raffles and great food. Tickets are $65 each, reservations can be made by calling Diane at 413-447-7878 ext. 31 or go to www.berkshirehumane.org for more information.

 

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Saturday May 14th the famous front porch of the Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge, MA was the battleground for the Richmond Consolidated School “Young Apprentices” contest. Mrs. Smiths’ third grade boys challenged the third grade girls, that they could raise more money for the animals at the Berkshire Humane Society selling cookies than the girls could by selling lemonade. Bruce Finn, General Manager of the RLI, invited the apprentices to use the Red Lion Inn and supplied them with the tables, linens, vases of flowers and easels to promote the contest.

The young entrepreneurs set up their respective tables filled with yummy baked goods, and 3 kinds of lemonade to sell to the patrons. The students created their own marketing signs and collection boxes for the contest and exhibited keen salesmanship traits to the passersby. No one left the porch without a drink or something to eat.

Additional members of the “Young Apprentice” teams took to the sidewalk around the RLI and the corner of routes 7 & 102 flagging down motorists to donate to the cause. Proud parents stood by as the sales kept adding up, watching their children work so hard to help the Berkshire Humane Society. At the end of the competition, Jayne Church, Gift Shop Manager and several parents counted the money in secrecy.

The Young apprentices were then lead up the many flights of stairs to the third floor Treadway Room where a sign greeted the; “The Board Room”. Everyone was seated; Girls on the left Boys on the right and then “Donald Frump” and his assistants walked into the Board room and took their seats at the Board table. Mr. Finn had donned an unkempt red wig in the style of Donald Trump. The room roared in laughter. Mr. Frump then asked each side how they thought they had done. The announcement was then made that the boys earned $520 and the girls raised $431. The real winners are the homeless animals at BHS who will be helped by the generosity and compassion of these amazing Young Apprentices.

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The Berkshire Humane Society will be hosting its 2011 Camp Humane Program once again this summer at the shelter on 214 Barker Road in Pittsfield.   Camp activities include hands on experience with animals in a classroom environment, arts & crafts projects, presentations from animal professionals, dog washing and pet care demonstrations.  Camp sessions are 9am until 3pm daily with a Parents Program every Friday at 1pm.   Campers need to bring a lunch, snack and drinks. Tuition is $250 per child for the week.  It includes a limited edition tee-shirt, a DVD copy of the Parent’s Presentation and the camper’s art work.  A Payment Plan is available and a limited number of scholarships or reduced tuition may be available. Sessions are based on the grade the child will be entering in September of 2011, exceptions may be possible.  The sessions dates are: Session A, 4th grade July 11th – 15th, Session B 5th grade July 18th – 22nd, Session C 6th grade July 25th – 29th, Session D  7th grade August 1st – 5th and Session T for 8th grade August 8th- 12th.  For more information and session availability please contact Karen Karlberg at 413-447-7878 X29 or at kkarlberg@berkshirehumane.org.

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On Sunday May 29th, from 12 to 4 PM, The Berkshire Humane Society will host the first Annual Birthday Party for Purradise. Purradise is the Berkshire’s only cat adoption center, located at 301 Stockbridge Road in Great Barrington.  The theme of this Purradise birthday party is “Paint a Cat for Purradise.”  During the Purradise Birthday Party, children will be able to visit the homeless cats and then paint pictures of them. Since opening its doors a year ago, well over 125 cats have found forever homes through Purradise.  Hundreds of cats in the Berkshires, of every color and stripe, are still in need of being adopted into loving forever homes. 

At the Birthday Party Event on Sunday May 29th – or Sunday June 5th if it rains –Purradise will also be offering pet tagging, free balloons for the kids, delicious food, raffles, a special tag sale, items from the Purradise Boutique, and lots more!

Purradise wants all Berkshire County residents, young and old alike, to become aware of how much joy cats can bring to their life. Cats provide warm love, healing, companionship, and teach children how to be caring and compassionate. Children can show their love for needy cats by Painting a Cat for Purradise. The artwork will be judged and turned into exciting fundraising items to benefit the shelter.  The cats are counting on a big turnout!   Come sing “Happy Purrday” to Purradise. Remember to save the date to “Paint a Cat for Purradise” on Sunday May 29th from 12 to 4PM at Purradise in Great Barrington. Purradise receives no public funding and relies completely on the support of our community. The Adoption Center is open Wednesday – Friday 12pm -6pm, Saturday 10am-4pm & Sunday 12-4pm.  The phone number is 413-717-4244.

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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.

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9th Annual Humane Race benefits Berkshire Humane Society

Raise Pledges and Win an iPad 2!

The 9th Annual Humane Race is coming!

www.HumaneRace.org

Please join us on Saturday, April 30th in downtown Williamstown, MA for the 9th Annual running of the Humane Race, presented by Greylock Animal Hospital. This race is for the dogs, but you don’t need one to participate…our 5K fun run and one-mile walk raises much needed funds for the wonderful Berkshire Humane Society so all are welcome!

The first 150 people to register will receive our coveted race t-shirt. If you are not one of the first 150 people to register, a few extra t-shirts will be available for purchase at the event for $15 at the Berkshire Humane Society tent at the finish line. All participating dogs will receive an adorable doggie bandana. On-line registration is up and running on our website, or print out a paper form and send it in ASAP!

Pre-registration is $15 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. Race day registration is $20 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under. All dogs are free! Packet pick up and race day registration begins at 8:30 AM in front of theBrowns at 16 Water Street on race day (with the run/walk starting at 10 AM) or take advantage of early packet pick up from 4 – 6 PM on Friday, April 29th in the same location.

And how’s this for exciting…been dreaming of an iPad 2? Raise $500 or more in pledges for the Humane Race and you’ll be eligible to win one! If you raise $500 you’ll receive 5 entries for our drawing, and for each additional $100 you’ll receive another entry! Pledge forms are available on our website, so get cracking…remember, it’s all for the critters!

Also new this year, many Williamstown merchants have agreed to donate 5% of their proceeds to the BHS from any sale made on race day to a participant or spectator of the Humane Race! So plan on doing a little shopping while you’re in town to thank our merchants for their support! A full list of participating stores is on our website. And if you can’t bring your dog into the store, we’ll be providing pet sitting services in a few locations around downtown for your convenience.

And just for the kids, Water Street Books will host a reading of the adorable children’s book, “Fancy Nancy and the Posh Puppy” at 9 AM on race day. Come check in or register early and then enjoy the reading, an arts and crafts project and yummy treats!

Enjoy food, prizes, music and more at our finish line festivities! Join in the fun and games with your dog by entering our “Musical Sits” or “Fastest Biscuit Eater” contests! Not to be missed fun for the whole family!

If you are interested in sponsoring the Humane Race, or volunteering, please contact us at info@humanerace.org.

Thank you so much for your consideration. We hope to see you at the Humane Race!

Warm regards,

Alix & Brian Cabral

Race Directors

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The Berkshire Humane Society’s Annual Lasagna Dinner will be held on Wednesday March 30th from 5 until 8 PM. Once again, the event will be held at Crissey Farm Berkshire Banquet House, the banquet facility next to the Brewery in the Jenifer House Commons at 426 Stockbridge Road in Great Barrington.  The cost is $10 for adults and $6 for children under 12 and is payable at the door. Both meat and vegetarian lasagna will be served, along with garlic bread and a salad. Everyone will have a chance to help the homeless pets at the Berkshire Humane Society by participating in great raffles or by shopping at the Purradise Boutique table. The lasagna dinner is the place to see animal lover friends and catch up on all the exciting doings at the Berkshire Humane Society in Pittsfield and at Purradise in Great Barrington.

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February 3, 2011 Pittsfield, MA…The Berkshire Humane Society is distributing vouchers for spay/neuter surgeries to promote “Prevent a Litter Month”. Eligible pet owners can come to the shelter at 214 Barker Road in Pittsfield or Purradise, cat adoption center at 301 Stockbridge Road in Gt. Barrington during normal business hours. The only requirement is a valid license/ID and proof of residence in Berkshire County. Pet owners are responsible for making the surgery appointment at a participating veterinary hospital, and must pay the balance of the cost of surgery after the voucher had been applied. The vouchers have no cash value, with BHS reimbursing the veterinary hospitals directly for the surgery; $60 towards a feline spay/neuter surgery and $75 for a canine surgery.

The vouchers are helpful to pet owners who cannot afford to spay and neuter their cats and dogs and are available on a first come basis until the funds are gone. “The funding for the Spay/Neuter vouchers has once again been made available by the Hilton C. Hamm Trust:, according to John Perreault, Executive Director of BHS. He added, “Since this program started over 15 years ago, The BHS Spay/Neuter Program has helped over 2,900 families spay or neuter their pets. It is especially important to reach out to those pet owners who are affected by this difficult economy.”

Spaying and neutering cats and dogs will not only cut down on the problem of pet overpopulation, but it can also make a pet a more pleasant companion by cutting down on their odor, scent marking, and aggression levels. The surgery can help keep your pet healthier by reducing the risk of certain infections and several forms of cancer and it can also add years to your pet’s life.

For more information on “Prevent a Litter Month” and spay/neuter vouchers, please call the Berkshire Humane Society at (413) 447-7878. The Barker Road shelter is open Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 4pm, Thursday evenings 5-8pm, and Sundays 1-4pm, closed Mondays. Purradise is open Wed. 12 – 6pm, Thur. 12 – 8pm, Fri. 12 – 6pm; Sat. 10am – 4pm & Sun. 12 – 4pm; closed Monday & Tuesday.

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February 3, 2011 Pittsfield, MA…February is designated as National Adopt-a-Shelter-Rabbit Month. To help celebrate this wonder companion animal, the Berkshire Humane Society will have special Bunny Adoption promotions throughout February and will end with a “Bunny Day Event” on Saturday the 26th from 11am until 2pm at the 214 Barker Road facility in Pittsfield.

Erin Starsja, Small Animal Caregiver at the Berkshire Humane Society, says, “Rabbits are the third most common pet surrendered to shelters and rescue organizations. Thousands of bunnies come into shelters like BHS each year, after their owners decide they no longer want them.” The main reason for surrender is that the bunny’s owner did not know they would require as much work as having a pet dog does. Rabbits need to be given fresh vegetables, a place to safely exercise outside of their cage; special dental care and they should never be kept outside. They can make excellent companions: they can live eight to ten years and bond closely to their adopters. Rabbits are quiet but inquisitive pet and can be trained to use a litter box.

Educating the public about the responsibilities of having a rabbit as a pet is part of the month long celebration at BHS. The shelter will have information packets available, about all aspects of rabbit care and the staff can answer questions the public may have before considering adopting a shelter rabbit during February. BHS currently has five buns available for adoption, some of which have been waiting foe a new home for over a year. For more information about rabbit care, call Erin at the Berkshire Humane Society 413-447-7878 ext 24 or visit our small animal page to view the rabbits currently waiting to be adopted.

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ALL SESSIONS ARE FULL

Berkshire Humane Society's Summer Camp Humane Schedule
• Members of the Berkshire Humane Society can register their children starting January 10th, 2011
• Registration opens to the General Public April 4th, 2011

Click here to download the 2011 Camp Humane Registration Packet (requires Adobe Reader)

Not a member? Call Diane today, at 413-447-7878 Ext. 31 to become a member.

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Volunteer recognition and appreciation night at the Berkshire Humane SocietyJerry Posner is our special guest speaker this year at our Volunteer Appreciation Party.  Jerry is an entertaining speaker and will present some great ideas and fun facts as he talks about “Practicing the Practical Power of Appreciation”. He may even play his ukulele!

December 16, 2010
Berkshire Humane Society
214 Barker Road, Pittsfield, MA
Lower Level Training Room


RSVP by December 10th to Terry Bissaillon (413)–447-7878 ext. 37 or send reply to tbissaillon@berkshirehumane.org

Come spend time with your fellow volunteers and enjoy some great food and refreshments. We hope to see you there!

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October 5, 2010 Pittsfield, MA …Tickets are now available for the 13th Annual Berkshire Humane Society Holiday Auction and Cocktail Party.  The event is scheduled for Saturday, November 13th from 4pm until 7:30pm, at the Crowne Plaza in Pittsfield.  “The Holiday Auction continues to be one of our premier events that helps keep the shelter operating all year,” said John Perreault, Executive Director of the Berkshire Humane Society. “We count on the revenues from this auction to help programs such as the free humane educational programs for schools, low cost spay neuter programs and SafePet foster homes for families in crisis,” he added. Tickets are $30.00 per person, if purchased by Wednesday November 3rd. That includes a variety of hors d’oeuvres, located at multiple food stations and two cash bars. Tickets will be $40 after November 3rd and admission at the door is $15 but does not include food.  There will be over 200 items available to bid on in the silent and live auctions in addition to the extensive selective raffle section.  New this year will be a “Wall of Wine”.  For $20, a wrapped bottle of wine, valued between $10 and $100, can be selected the attendee.   Some of the auction items will be posted on the BHS website, ticket reservations for the event can be purchased online here or by calling Diane at 413-447-7878 ext 31.

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September 30, 2010 Pittsfield, MA …The Berkshire Humane Society wants the public to consider a Shelter Dog if they want to add a new canine to their family.  “Shelter dogs have so much to offer”, says John Perreault, Executive Director of the Berkshire Humane Society.  A dog adopted from a shelter, has diversity and experience, a nice way of saying, mutts are just as loving and intelligent as pedigree dogs.

Lisa Corbett, Canine Services Manager at BHS, says “during October we want to remind the public that we keep adoptable animals for as long as it takes to find them the right home.”  Not only does BHS provide shelter, food and medical care for these dogs while they wait for to be adopted, but the dedicated staff also gives each resident canine quality enrichment time daily.  This includes exercise, play, obedience training and lots of love.  

The knowledgeable adoption counselors at BHS will guide each person through the process of matching the right canine with you and your family. The shelter on Barker Road in Pittsfield is open Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 4pm, Thursday evenings 5-8pm, and Sundays 1-4pm. To view currently available dogs click here.

 To help celebrate Adopt a shelter Dog Month, with each adopted canine, the new owner will be entered in a raffle for two gift baskets one for small dogs one for large dogs including an hour of private training with Lisa Corbett. The canine companion will also receive a free custom pet-id tag.  There is also a microchip clinic for $25, by appointment only during October, call 413-447-7878 ex 26 to make an appointment.

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 PetSafe.  BHS receives no public funding and relies on memberships and donations to continue to help animals and people. The 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.

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 September 28th, 2010, a Tuesday night, will be the Fifth Annual Pasta Night at Zucco’s Restaurant, 451 Dalton Avenue, Pittsfield, MA.  This event will be held from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.  The cost is $7 for an adult and $5 for kids under 12.

You will have a choice of spaghetti or ziti and two meatballs, or if you prefer, 2 sweet or hot sausages.  If you just can’t decide, have a combo.  Delicious bread and butter will also be served.  Beverages, salad, or dessert are an additional charge.

There will be a fun raffle as well as a 50/50 raffle!

Berkshire Humane Society will do all the publicity.  There will be posters everywhere!

Our organization receives the entire $7.00 or $5.00 from pasta sales, and Zucco’s receives all other money from food or beverage sales.

 This is a great evening for all with a delicious dinner.  We hope you will mark your calendars and join us for the event.  We look forward to seeing you there! 

We also thank Zucco’s for helping Berkshire Humane Society.

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August 6, 2010 Pittsfield MA . . . The Berkshire Humane Society is holding its first major fundraising benefit for Purradise – the new cat adoption center in Great Barrington. 

A Night At The Kit Kat Club will be held at the Crissey Farm Banquet Center in Great Barrington on Friday, Sept. 10th from 6 to 11 PM. It’s located at 426 Stockbridge Road. 

The Kit Kat Club will be the world’s first Cat Night Club. The dress is festive, funky or fun – with guests encouraged to bring out their inner felines.

The party will include great food, singer, Beth Rose and her band, Heather Fishe, Master Magician, Carl Seiger, The Cat Tease Girls, swing dance demos by Paul & Nadia Rix and dancing to dJ, Dave Leonard’s swinging sounds.

 It’s also an opportunity to win fabulous vacations, jewelry, deluxe dining, spa experiences and original art that all benefits Purradise.

 This great night out costs $100 and helps hundreds of Berkshire’s homeless cats, call us at 413-447-7878 ext. 31 for reservations.

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Please join us – as a rider, sponsor, or spectator – and celebrate horses! The 19th Annual Berkshire Humane Society Horse Show will be held Sunday, August 29, at Overmeade Farm, 940 East Street, Lenox. The event begins at 9AM sharp!

The show is recognized by the Western Massachusetts Professional Horseman’s Association (WNEPHA) and includes competitions for all levels of riding. The show hosts hunter, equitation and jumper divisions. It will feature hunter and equitation classes in thirteen divisions. The equitation divisions include: Short and Long Stirrup, Mini, Adult, Limit, and Open. The hunter divisions include: Novice Junior, Low/Adult, Children’s and Junior/Amateur. Jumper and Open Pleasure divisions will also be offered.

The Judge’s Award will be presented to the competitor who exhibits the best turn-out of horse and rider and demonstrates good sportsmanship and horsemanship. Prizes will be awarded. In addition, a Hunter Classic will be held which will award cash prizes to the top finishers.

If you are not a “horse person,” please join us anyway! We will be conducting raffles and selling our merchandise throughout the festive day!

Since its inception, this event has raised over $150,000 for Berkshire Humane Society. If you would like to be a horse show sponsor, or receive information, please contact Berkshire Humane Society at (413) 447-7878.

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The Berkshire Humane Society and the Central Berkshire Ambulance Service will be conducting a Pet CPR and First Aid Course on June 17th at the shelter on  214 Barker Road in Pittsfield.  The certificate program will be from 5pm until 7pm in the shelter’s classroom.  The cost is $30 per person and includes either a Dog or Cat First Aid Handbook and a Red Cross Pet First Aid Certificate of Completion at the end of the program that evening.  Pre-registration is required, no walk-ins will be allowed.  To register please bring or send a check, payable to the Berkshire Humane Society, Attention: Pet CPR, to BHS by June 15th.  Space is limited to 20 participants and you must be at least 16 years of age.  No pets please.  The instructor is Lance Beauchamp of Central Berkshire Ambulance Service, 77 Seymour Street, in Pittsfield.  He is a Mass EMT and a Red Cross Pet First aid and CPR instructor.  For more information please call Karen at 413-447-7878 ext 29 or at kkarlberg@berkshirehumane.org.

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The Berkshire Humane Society’s annual lasagna dinner on Thursday, March 25, 2010 from 5 to 8 pm will benefit Purradise, the new BHS Cat Adoption Center that opens this spring. Once again, the event will be hosted by Gary Happ, owner of Crissey Farm Banquet House, the banquet facility next to the Brewery in the Jenifer House Commons at 426 Stockbridge Road in Great Barrington. Purradise, the Berkshire’s first Cat Adoption Center, is at 301 Stockbridge Road, and a close neighbor of Crissey Farm.

The cost is $10 for adults, $6 for children under 12, and payable at the door. Both meat and vegetarian lasagna will be served, along with garlic bread and salad. There is a cash bar.

A silent auction and raffle prizes will give everyone a chance to win a little something for themselves while helping the homeless felines of Berkshire County. The annual lasagna dinner promises to be the place to hear all the “Cat Buzz,” have a delicious meal, and help a worthy cause. Help make this new Cat Adoption Center a real Purradise by coming to dinner on March 25th!

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To celebrate “National Prevent a Litter Month”, the Berkshire Humane Society will be offering vouchers for pet owners who cannot afford to spay and neuter their cats and dogs.  The voucher system works by a pet owner coming to the BHS Shelter during the hours of operation and requesting a voucher certificate.  The only requirement is a valid license/ID and proof of residence in Berkshire County.  They owners must schedule the surgery for their own pets at a veterinarian hospital that accepts the vouchers.  The Berkshire Society reimburses the veterinarians directly for the surgery.  The vouchers are worth $60 towards a spay/neuter surgery for felines and [click to continue…]

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The Berkshire Humane Society will benefit from the 2nd Annual Sasha’s Memorial Ski Race to be held at the Bousquet Ski Area on Dan Fox Drive in Pittsfield.  The race will be held on Friday, February 19th registration begins at 5pm and race starts at 7PM. Race Organizer and Bousquet Ski School Director, Cindy Bartlett says, “The race will be 1 Run GS on Grand Slalom top to Bottom.”  “The race is open to skiers and riders of ages and disciplines,” she added. Prizes will be awarded and all entrants are eligible for Door Prizes.  The entry fee is $25, with all proceeds going to benefit the Berkshire Humane Society for the care and feeding of the homeless animals at the shelter on Barker Road in Pittsfield. The race is in honor of “Sasha” the beloved Mascot of the Bousquet Ski area for many years.  Visitors are welcome to attend and watch the race.  If you would like more information about the race or about being a sponsor, please contact Cindy at 413-442-8316 Ext 27.

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BermudaCruiseAdDon’t miss the Boat!

Purchase your entries for a chance to win this great cruise today, call 413-447-7878 to place your order.

We are currently experiencing technical difficulties with online ordering, we are working to restore this feature.

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From The New York Times:

Is it better to walk a human or to walk a dog?

New research from the University of Missouri has found that people who walk dogs are more consistent about regular exercise and show more improvement in fitness than people who walk with a human companion. In a 12-week study of 54 older adults at an assisted living home, 35 people were assigned to a walking program for five days a week, while the remaining 19 served as a control group. Among the walkers, 23 selected a friend or spouse to serve as a regular walking partner along a trail laid out near the home. Another 12 participants took a bus daily to a local animal shelter where they were assigned a dog to walk.

To the surprise of the researchers, the dog walkers showed a big improvement in fitness, while the human walkers began making excuses to skip the workout. Walking speed among the dog walkers increased by 28 percent, compared with just a 4 percent increase among the human walkers.

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BHS alumnus “Caleb” was voted “Best ReinDog” in Williamstown’s annual ReinDog Parade on December 5th.

Caleb is shown with his owner, Dr. Jon Cluett, who also happens to be a member of the BHS Board of Directors.

Contratulations Caleb and Jon!

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Tickets are on sale for the 12th Annual Berkshire Humane Society Holiday Auction.  The event is scheduled for Saturday, November 14th at the Crowne Plaza in Pittsfield.  Tickets are $25.00 per person, which includes passed hors d’oeuvres, pasta stations, desserts and a free ticket for a raffle item of your choice. The doors will open at 5pm for the Silent Auction, the Special Needs Raffle and the live entertainment.  The Live Auction portion of the evening is scheduled for later in the evening. There will be a $5.00 Auction Only admission fee for those who do not want the food portion of the event.

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$1000 FIRST PRIZE!

Our Lucky Dog Raffle tickets are now being sold by BHS members, supporters and volunteers throughout Berkshire County.  Buy them for yourself, give them as gifts, or sell them to your friends! Last year our Lucky Dog Raffle brought in over $18,000!  Take a chance and win $1,000 and at the same time help our community’s homeless animals!

The drawing is on November 14th at our annual Holiday Auction.

1st prize…….$1000

2nd prize……..$500

3rd  prize……..$250

4th prize……..$150

5th prize…….$100

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April 24, 2009, Williamstown, MA…The 7th Annual Humane Race Fun Run and 1 Mile Walk presented by theBrowns of Williamstown and benefiting the Berkshire Humane Society will take place on Saturday, May 9th at 10:00 AM.  For the first time, the event will be held in downtown Williamstown and will highlight many of the town’s most famous attractions such as its charming business district, the Francine and Sterling Clark Art Institute and the Williams College campus.  The race begins in front of theBrowns at 16 Water Street.  Parking is available in the Town Garage Lot across from Linear Park on Water Street (see website www.HumaneRace.org for parking and course map).

The main attraction of the Humane Race is without question – the dogs.  Runners and walkers can participate with or without a four-legged friend.   The cost for the event is $15 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under to pre-register, $20 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under for race day registration.  Children in strollers are free and there is no extra cost to run with a dog.  The first 100 participants to register will receive a commemorative T-shirt.  All dogs will receive an adorable bandana.   Finish line festivities will include prizes, raffles, food, music and more, and will take place at the end of Spring Street!  For additional details and to register, please visit our website, www.HumaneRace.org.

This year, we are thrilled to introduce two new activities just for kids.  The Clark will host an art project featuring their famous painting by Renoir of Tama the Japanese Dog.    Kids are invited to create their own puppy pin or bookmark with Tama’s likeness, just look for their table at the finish line.
 
At 12:30 PM the fun moves to Water Street Books, at 26 Water Street. Williamstown K-9 Police Officer Mike Ziemba and his police dog, Blue, will read two books; I Got Two Dogs, by John Lithgow and Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann. After the readings, children are invited to create art for the “MY FAVORITE DOG” contest. Prizes will be awarded in three categories and judged by Officer Ziemba. Well-behaved dogs on leashes are welcome to attend and snacks will be provided for all.  For more information call Water Street Books at 413.458.8021.

The Berkshire Humane Society is a privately run, non-profit organization, which receives no city, state or federal funding of any kind.  The BHS is a vital part of the Berkshire’s social fabric, providing support and assistance to pet owners throughout the county and beyond.  In addition to pet adoptions, the BHS offers many invaluable social services such as low cost spay and neuter programs, a pet food bank for needy pet owners, educational outreach programs, family dog school, and a “Safe Pet” program in conjunction with the local shelter for victims of domestic violence and abuse, the Elizabeth Freeman Center.

For more information, please contact:

Alix Cabral
Race Director
The Humane Race
228 Main St., #415
Williamstown, MA  01267
(413) 441-3677
info@humanerace.org

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April 2, 2009 … A Pancake Breakfast to benefit the Police K-9 Fund will be held at Applebee’s Restaurant on Saturday April 18th from 8am until 10am. All proceeds from this event will go towards the purchase and care of specially trained K-9 police dogs throughout Berkshire County. These K-9 officers assist Their Human partners in eradicating the county of illegal drugs and materials, along with tracking suspects for area Law Enforcement. The K-9 Fund Committee includes, Jodi Bond, The Berkshire Humane Society, Eleanor Sonsini Animal Shelter and the Pittsfield Veterinary Hospital along with Officer Dwane Foisy, who lost his K-9 partner Ki in January of this year. The Police K-9 Fund was created in memory of Ki, a K-9 Police Officer. The
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April 1, 2009 …The very popular Camp Humane Summer Program at the Berkshire Humane Society is now accepting registrations for children going into grades 3 through 6 this coming September. The 7th grade session has already filled. “Camp Humane is an educational experience designed for kids who love animals”, says Camp Humane Director, Karen Karlberg. Each session runs Monday through Friday, 9am until 3pm in the modern classroom at the Berkshire Humane Society Shelter on Barker Road in Pittsfield. This year’s session schedule is: Week A July 6-10 for Grade 3, Week B July 13-17 for Grade 4, Week C July 20-24 for Grade 5 and Week D July 27-31 for Grade 6. Each week is designed for that particular grade level. All sessions will have a variety of animal professionals doing presentations for the campers. There is hands-on
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March 18, 2009 The Berkshire Humane Society no longer has a shortage of cat food in the Community Pet Food Bank thanks to the overwhelming response to the Berkshire Eagle’s article on Tuesday, March 17! The shelves at the shelter and the satellite pet food pantries throughout Berkshire County are restocked with the almost 2,500 bags of cat food donated since the call for help went out. This cat food is already being distributed to cat owners in need, helping them keep their feline friends in their own homes.

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Animal Law Coalition drafted a bill to ban devocalizing/silencing dogs and cats in Massachusetts but they need your help to get the bill passed. If you live in Massachusetts, please contact your state representative and senator and ask them to co-sponsor “An Act Prohibiting Devocaliztion of Dogs and Cats.” For more information on this bill and devocalizing (which is a painful surgical procedure to remove vocal chords, often referred to as “debarking” in dogs) please go to the ALC’s article on their website at: www.animalcoalition.com/animal-cruelty/article/684

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February 20, 2009  … The Bounti-Fare Restaurant will host the “Pasta for Paws” benefit dinner on Tuesday, March 3rd from 5 until 7PM at the restaurant on Curran Highway, North Adams. The dinner includes a choice of spaghetti with marinara sauce or meatballs, salad, and garlic bread. There will be complimentary desserts and coffee available also. The cost is $8 for adults and $5 for children 12 -3 years old, kids under 3 are free. You can pay at the door the night of the event or purchase tickets from the main office at Conte Middle School in N. Adams.

Members of the Conte Middle School Youth Group will be volunteer Hosts and Servers during the evening. Raffles and BHS merchandise will also be available for sale. The event is a chance for “Hands & Paws” to work together to help support the animals and the many programs that BHS provides for the community. Proceeds from the dinner will help support the Berkshire Humane Society’s many programs for pets and people. For additional information, please call the Berkshire Humane Society at 413-447-7878.

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February 05, 2009 … The Bousquet Ski Area will be holding a benefit ski race on Friday February 20th at 7PM in honor of “Sasha” the beloved Mascot of the Bousquet Ski area. , “There will be 1 Run GS on Grand Slalom top to Bottom,” says Race Organizer and Bousquet Ski School Director, Cindy Bartlett. The race is open to all ages and disciplines including skis, snowboards and telemark skis. Prizes will be awarded and all entrants are eligible for Door Prizes. The entry fee is $25, with all proceeds going to the care and feeding of the homeless animals at the Berkshire Humane Society. And registration begins at 5pm the day of the race Feb. 20th. Visitors are welcomed to and watch the race. For more information contact Cindy at 413-442-8316 Ext 26.

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February 4, 2009 …The Berkshire Humane Society will be celebrating “National Prevent a Litter Month during February by distributing spay and neuter voucher-certificates for both cats and dogs.  “This is an important program for Berkshire County pet owners who cannot afford to spay or neuter their pets,” says John Perreault, Executive Director.  “It is especially  important to reach out to those pet owners affected by the tough economy,” he added.   Eligible pet owners can receive a voucher-certificate worth $60 towards a spay/neuter surgery for felines and $75 towards the surgery for canines.   Since this program started over 14 years ago, The BHS Spay/Neuter Program has helped over 2,500 families spay or neuter their pets.   The funds are
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Attention all Berkshire County Kids Grades K-6th

The Berkshire Humane Society is having a coloring contest to help celebrate the premiere of the upcoming movie
“Hotel for Dogs”
which opens January 16th, 2009
at the Regal Cinema
Berskhire Mall, Lanesoro, MA

Just download your copy of the coloring page here, print it out and have some fun coloring!

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For Premier of “Hotel for Dogs”

The Berkshire Humane Society will have a special Dog Adoption Event in the lobby of the Regal Cinema at the Berkshire Mall in Lanesboro on Saturday & Sunday January 17th & 18th as part of the weekend premier of the new movie, “Hotel for Dogs” (opens in theaters, Friday January 16th.)

BHS adoption counselors will be on-hand with dogs from the shelter that are available for adoption. This is to celebrate the premiere of “Hotel for Dogs” and to showcase the importance of the adoption option of a

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Donna Ekhardt, was chosen to be the 2008 recipient of the Lynne West  Shelter Volunteer award.  Congratulations Donna, and thank you for all of your hard work.





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Dec 1, 2008  The Berkshire Humane Society would like invite the public to its annual  Holiday Open House on Sunday Dec. 7th from 1pm until 3pm at the shelter on 214 Barker Road in Pittsfield.  All BHS Volunteers are especially asked to attend as a thank-you from the staff and animals at the shelter for all that they do.

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November 21, 2008 The Berkshire Humane Society is leading an effort to coordinate Pet-Food supplies for needy families this winter season. BHS is working with Animal Friends of Northern Berkshire to build up a supply of dry and canned, cat and dog food at designated drop off and pickup sites in Adams, N. Adams and Dalton. The Berkshire Visitors Bureau, at Hoosick St. in Adams will take donations of new bags and cans of pet-food. [click to continue…]

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Thank You for Making the 2008 Auction a Wonderful Success

A heartfelt thank you goes out to all those who made our 2008 Holiday Auction and Brunch a huge success. We had record crowds fill the new venue of the Crowne Plaza Ballroom and everyone agreed it was a wonderful new location to hold the annual event. We raised over $40,000 in a very difficult economic climate, which shows just how much people care about the work we do at the Berkshire Humane Society for animals and people. [click to continue…]

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October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month and we are excited to announce we now have our very own Dog Blog. 

On the Dog Blog, you will find posts about

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October 1, 2008 …How better to celebrate than to adopt a dog that has been residing at the Berkshire Humane Society on Barker Road in Pittsfield for over a year. There are two such canines at the shelter, still hopeful that the right people will come in and take them to a home of their own. Lisa Corbett, Canine Services Manager at BHS, says of these long term residents, “We want the public to know that we do keep adoptable animals for as long as it takes to find them the right home.” Not only does BHS provide [click to continue…]

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