Serving Animals & People Since 1992
After taking over from the Massachusetts Society of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Berkshire County, Berkshire Humane Society opened in 1992 as a private, nonprofit open- admission animal shelter. Since then, we have continuously evolved and innovated to meet the growing needs of animals and their people in and around Berkshire County.
In 2003, Berkshire Humane Society moved from Cadwell Road to our state-of-the facility on Barker Road in Pittsfield. Besides expanding our capacity to care for homeless animals from 30 to over 100, the new space allowed us to develop our services and educational and outreach programs.
To help find homes for an increasing number of kittens and cats, we opened the doors of Purradise, our satellite feline adoption center, in 2010. Since the creation of Purradise in Great Barrington, no kittens or cats have been euthanized for reasons of space.
In 2014 we finished constructing our SafePet Room, which offers temporary foster housing for the pets of owners who are in crisis or transitions. Thanks to three dedicated volunteers, Catwalk, an upscale women’s resale boutique in Great Barrington, was also launched that year to provide another source of revenue for Berkshire Humane Society. A second location in Lenox opened in 2018.
Berkshire Humane Society is always looking to continue being one of the best resources for animals and people in our community.