Berkshire Humane Society

It’s Love-A-Bull Month at Berkshire Humane Society!

It’s Love-A-Bull Month at Berkshire Humane Society!

We always have lots of love to share at Berkshire Humane Society (BHS).  So, in February, we’re celebrating Love-A-Bull Month with a variety of special events that spotlight pit bull dogs.   Once a popular and devoted family dog in America, they are now often mistreated, misunderstood, and maligned by the public.  Although the term “pit […]

January is National Train Your Dog Month

January is National Train Your Dog Month

Although January is National Train Your Dog Month, we here at Berkshire Humane Society (BHS) believe that every month is a good month to teach your dog appropriate behaviors and manners.  Whether you share your home with a wiggly new puppy or a much beloved older pooch, investing time in proper training will reap a […]

Eleanor Sonsini Animal Shelter

Adopted!

Adopted!

 The pages of Animal Life wouldn't fit the pictures of the more-than 500 animals who were adopted from the Eleanor Sonsini Animal Shelter this year. These animals will just have to represent the rest in sending thanks to everyone in the community who supported them while they were in the shelter, and to those who […]

One Rescue Story Followed to the End

One Rescue Story Followed to the End

Last month, I wrote an article about homeless cats and the people who help them. In it there was a story about two adult female cats, abandoned by their owner, who were temporarily taken in by a kind neighbor. Both cats both delivered litters of kittens in the neighbor's home. One of the cats, "Lovelace" […]

Purradise

Shades of Gray

It was a gray and white day when I popped into Purradise on February 28—blue skies, but graying snow everywhere in sight on the ground, where temperatures were too frigid for it to melt. Inside, by coincidence, the wonderfully warm shelter was populated in great part by a plethora of gray and white cats and […]

Introductions

Introductions

We tend to take for granted that not only do we know our own name but that people who are already a part of our life identify us by it. Newly adopted cats, however, may need some time and assistance to grasp even the concept of having a name. This is particularly true of shelter […]

Berkshire Animal Dreams

Houdini the Feral Kitten

Feral cats are wild animals.  They are not pets, and so, we normally do not give them names.  However, there are rare occasions when individual traits of certain feral cats inspire us to make exceptions to the rule. This was the case during the fall of 2013, when two local homeowners approached Berkshire Animal D.R.E.A.M.S. […]

Trap, Neuter, Return. Repeat

Trap, Neuter, Return. Repeat

It's just after dark.  Melissa Tharion, an Animal D.R.E.A.M.S volunteer, is quietly setting up several traps in a Pittsfield back yard where feral cats live. The "caretaker" who regularly feeds the cats helps Melissa place food inside the traps. They are quiet as they work, and the cats are wary at the presence of a […]