PITTSFIELD, Aug 21, 2017


Berkshire Humane Society Celebrates Its 25th Birthday:
Because of Compassion, Anything is Possible

Something very special is happening on Sunday, October 22, 2017 at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield – Berkshire Humane Society (BHS) will celebrate its 25th Birthday Bash hosted by Pet Connection’s Steve Caporizzo (Chief Meteorologist for News10 and animal advocate). Since 1992, Berkshire Humane has sheltered rehomed some 50,000 animals, touching the lives of countless people and their pets through its humane programming.

“I am truly looking forward to being part of this special 25th anniversary celebration for the Berkshire Humane Society,” said Steve Caporizzo. “I remember the old days, and to see where we are today is absolutely amazing. There is so much more to be done, but I know this is just the beginning for so much good for Berkshire County’s homeless pets. I’m proud to have Berkshire Humane Society as part of the Pet Connection Family.”

The event is divided into two parts, brunch and a special presentation. Two tiers of tickets will be sold: Champion for Animals (brunch and presentation for $125) and Animal Heroes (coffee, pastry and presentation for $20 advance/$25 at the door).

Champion for Animals ticketholders will enjoy a seasonal brunch by SoMa Catering, cocktails such as Bark’n’ Maries and Meowmosas, and a silent auction while rubbing elbows with Mr. Caporizzo. Animal Hero ticketholders will join after brunch for coffee and pastry. All ticketholders are invited to attend a special live presentation on the beautiful stage of the Colonial Theatre. Dogs and special guests will make an appearance.

“I’ve been in this business more than 30 years, and I never thought I would see the day when a 13-year-old cat gets adopted, or a fearful dog finds a home,” said John Perreault, BHS Executive Director. “Our building and programs have grown far beyond our wildest expectations. I’ve spent this year pondering the incredible compassion that has made our achievements possible. The compassion of our staff, of our community. Berkshire Humane has come a long way since its inception, and we’re excited to move into our next 25 years. Because of our compassion, anything is possible!”

A silent raffle will be announced in early October and will conclude at the event. A paddles-up auction to raise money for BHS programs, such as Humane Education, the Ken Freeburg Fund, the SafePet Program, and Animal Care and Rehabilitation, will happen during the presentation.

Purchase tickets through Berkshire Theatre Group’s website. Visit “Special Events” under “On Our Stages” at www.berkshiretheatregroup.org.

All proceeds from the event directly benefit the shelter animals and operations.

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The Berkshire Humane Society (berkshirehumane.org) is a private, nonprofit, open-admission animal support organization with a twofold mission: to ensure the compassionate care, treatment, and whenever possible, placement of homeless animals through the shelter operation; and to promote and improve the welfare of all animals through community education and outreach.


Humane Education: Berkshire Humane Society believes that promoting humane education is essential for improving the welfare of all animals—including humans. Therefore, we strive to provide a range of innovative educational programs to children and adults. These programs include Humane Heroes, Camp Humane, Explorer’s Post 9214, Key Program, Coffee Hour Speaking Series, and school visits/tours. We thank the Chervenak-Nunnalle’s Foundation for supporting our humane education programs.

Ken Freeberg Fund: Animals surrendered to BHS sometimes have extraordinary health problems that make them unadoptable. Thanks to the Ken Freeberg Fund, we are able to accept and care for these animals, giving them a chance at finding a new home. Whenever possible, we solicit contributions from our community to support this important fund.

SafePet Program: Initially, this program was created for the Elizabeth Freeman Center to provide foster care for the pets of women and families leaving abusive situations. However, BHS has expanded this program, and we now work with more agencies, such as the Brien Center and Elder Protective Services of Berkshire County, in order to offer temporary care to the pets of community members who are in crisis. The addition of our on-site, secure SafePet Room ensures that we can respond more quickly to a greater number of requests for assistance.