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Berkshire Humane Society invites community groups, including Girls and Boys Scouts as well as other youth groups, to visit our shelter.

What Happens During a Tour?

During the tour, visitors will learn about our history and work, get a behind the scene look of the shelter, and participate in a discussion on an age-appropriate animal topic, including dog bite prevention and pet overpopulation. They’ll also see and hear about many different types of shelter animals. Depending on the type and temperament of the animals available, we try to provide a chance to meet with one of them — up close and personal.

Recommended Ages for Tour Groups

Our tours are best suited for pre-school children and older. Depending on the age of the group, they typically last between 30 minutes and 1 hour.

Because our shelter is a busy place, we request that you schedule a tour at least two weeks in advance. Please contact Tricia Phillips, Community Outreach Coordinator at +1 (413) 447-7878 , ext. 137 or email her.

How Much Does It Cost for a Shelter Tour?

Tours of the shelter are always free. However, we appreciate donations from our Wish List. In fact, doing a food or supply collection before your visit is a great way to generate excitement and interest in your group as well as help the shelter animals. We also invite groups to make a list of questions before coming to the shelter as a way to prepare for coming to Berkshire Humane Society.

Good Things to Know Before Your Tour

Click here to read about Tour Etiquette at the shelter and make your visit the best possible experience.
Badges and Community Service Projects

Is your scout troop working toward earning a badge? Does your youth group want to do a special community service project for our animals? Let us know, and we’ll work with you to develop a program that meets your needs and interests.