Open House Sunday, August 13th

Berkshire Humane Society will hold an open house on Sunday, August 13 from noon to 3:00 pm to celebrate the naming of the main shelter at 214 Barker Road in Pittsfield as the Dr. John Reynolds Adoption and Education Center. The open house will feature live bluegrass music by the Lenox Mountain String Band, food, tours of improvements of the shelter funded through the Forever Family Campaign and vendors including Benson’s Pet Center, Meow and Growl, The Berkshire Dog, Barkshire Dog Trading Company, Little Wool Dogs, Roxies Barkery and Tuesday Ceramics. All adoption fees during the open house will be waived to approved adopters.

“This open house is a celebration of life,” said John Perreault, Executive Director of Berkshire Humane Society. We’re glad to dedicate our building in the name of Dr. Reynolds, who was a great veterinarian, compassionate man and above all, a cherished friend. Dr. Reynolds lived life to the fullest and there’s no better we can carry on his legacy than by seeing his name on our building and enjoying a waterfall and rock garden on the side of our building,” he said. A new water feature built in the memory of Dr. Reynolds is in place and renderings of the landscaping planned for the area will be on hand for the celebration.

“We want people to know that Berkshire Humane Society is not changing our name,” said Perreault. “We’re still Berkshire Humane Society. We’re naming our building to honor a friend to animals, a friend to the community and a friend to us.”

The open house is free to the public. Participants are encouraged to bring canned or bagged cat or dog food to “Stuff the Suby”, a pet food donation drive by Haddad Subaru to benefit Berkshire Humane Society’s Food Pantry. If food donations fill a Subaru Ascent, Haddad Subaru will donate a two-minute shopping spree at Benson’s Pet Center to Berkshire Humane Society to further stock the food bank.

Dr. John Reynolds, who owned Pittsfield Veterinary Hospital, died in a tragic kayaking accident on Richmond Pond in 2021. He was a member of Berkshire Humane Society’s board of directors and generously donated his expertise, skills and time to benefit animals and the people who love them in Berkshire County.