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To help promote adoption and ease the overpopulation, Berkshire Humane Society (BHS) is once again offering its “Choose Your Adoption Fee” program for its many cats looking for their new, loving home. The program will last throughout September and be available at the Pittsfield shelter and Purradise, BHS’s feline satellite adoption facility, in Great Barrington.

In past years, summer months are always the busiest time at BHS. This year is no exception. “We’re bursting at the seams with cats,” explained John Perreault, Executive Director of BHS. “We need to open up space for our incoming cats. We did this program last summer, and it was extremely successful, so we thought we would repeat it.”

“Choose Your Adoption Fee” is simple. For cats who are six months or older and who have been at the shelter for 30 days or longer, BHS will let you decide what you’d like to donate for their adoption fee. Before going to their new homes, all adopted cats leave BHS with appropriate vaccinations, spayed or neutered, dewormed, micro-chipped, and more.

Although adopters can determine their own adoption fee, they’ll still need to complete an application and meet with an adoption counselor at BHS or Purradise. As Perreault emphasized, “Our process and integrity will not change. Our goal is to always do quality adoptions and find the right cat for the right home.”

For more information about BHS and its “Choose Your Adoption Fee” program, please stop by or call the shelter in Pittsfield at 447-7878, ext. 24, or Purradise in Great Barrington at 717-4244.

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July 18, 2014, Pittsfield, MA – Berkshire Humane Society (BHS) is pleased to be a recipient of a $7,500 grant from the Massachusetts Animal Coalition (MAC) for its low cost spay/neuter campaign for cats and dogs in Berkshire County and surrounding areas.

MAC is a statewide, non-profit organization comprised of animal professionals and individual volunteers dedicated to working together to decrease the number of homeless, neglected, displaced and abused animals in Massachusetts. The “I’m Animal Friendly” license plates are a program of MAC. Funds are dispersed annually to humane organizations and municipal animal control agencies in the Commonwealth that provide low-cost spay/neuter services.

As part of its mission, BHS has an ongoing commitment to preventing pet overpopulation and homelessness. Thanks to the MAC grant, the shelter will be able to offer its most ambitious spay/neuter campaign for pet owners in financial need. Since opening its doors in 1992, the private, non-profit organization has spayed/neutered over 4,000 cats, dogs, and rabbits through outreach programs in addition to all animals adopted into new homes.

According to John Perreault, Executive Director of BHS, the results of affordable spaying/neutering are tangible. “This spring we’ve seen a decrease in the number of kittens coming to the shelter, and we attribute that to our sterilization efforts last December,” he explains. “Because we have fewer kittens, we’ve seen an increase in adult and senior cat adoptions. We’re grateful for the MAC grant as it will help us continue our work to not only control our animal population but also find families for truly needy animals.“

In conjunction with “Adopt a Shelter Dog Month” in October, BHS will begin accepting applications for spaying/neutering vouchers for 50 puppies and dogs at participating veterinarians. The fee is $50 with $25 being refunded after the surgery is completed. Registration for spaying/neutering cats will begin in December; the shelter anticipates being able to accommodate 100-125 cats. The fee is $25. Rabies vaccinations are also included. More information will be available on the BHS website – www.berkshirehumane.org.

To help support the effort to end pet overpopulation and homelessness in Massachusetts through low-cost spaying/neutering, BHS encourages all community members to purchase an “I’m Animal Friendly” license plate. The tax-deductible plates are available at local Registries of Motor Vehicles or at www.petplate.org.

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