Our Mission

Our mission is to ensure the compassionate care, treatment and placement of companion animals, while promoting and improving the welfare of all animals through education and outreach.

Our Vision

Compassionate and responsible care for all animals.

Our Values

Compassion and empathy in all we do
Accountable and transparent in all we do
Respect and dignity for every being without judgement
Excellence in service, advocacy and teamwork

Serving Animals & People Since 1992

Located in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, Berkshire Humane Society is a private, nonprofit, socially conscious animal shelter. Our Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources License  to Operate a Rescue Organization is #0091.

Since our beginning in 1992, we’ve sheltered over 57,000 homeless animals who are cared for and made available for adoption. We aren’t  affiliated with the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA) or any other animal welfare group.

Berkshire Humane Society prides ourselves on being a valuable member of and an essential resource for our community.

As the only open admission shelter serving Berkshire County and surrounding areas, we accept all companion animals – no matter their age, breed, temperament or health. There’s no restriction on the length of time that any adoptable companion animal remains at the shelter.  Some are with us for only days before they are placed with new loving families – others for months. We’re proud that we’re able to rehome 100 percent of our healthy, adoptable dogs, cats, small mammals and birds.

In addition to our primary mission of sheltering homeless animals, we offer many vital programs and services that benefit owned animals and their people in our community. These include low-cost spaying and neutering, free educational programs for local schools and organizations, a pet-food pantry for financially challenged pet owners and temporary foster care for the pets of owners who are in crisis or transition.

Berkshire Humane Society receives no local, state or federal funding. Therefore, the welfare of our companion animals and the future of our organization depend on the compassion and generosity of our friends and supporters.