Berkshire Humane Society

It’s Spring – and Time for the 2015 Humane Race

It’s Spring – and Time for the 2015 Humane Race

For the past 13 years, an annual event in Williamstown, MA, confirms the arrival of spring!  Always held on the first Saturday in May, the Humane Race is a 5K Fun Run or 1 Mile Walk with or without a dog that benefits Berkshire Humane Society.   This year’s race will take place on May 2nd, […]

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Berkshire Humane Society Celebrates 20th Dog Walk

Berkshire Humane Society Celebrates 20th Dog Walk

It’s been 20 years since Berkshire Humane Society (BHS) held our first dog walk.  Now known as Woofstock, this annual family-friendly event raises important funds for the homeless animals in Berkshire County.  So to keep it fresh and fun for the dogs and their people, we’re making a few changes. First, we have a new […]

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Eleanor Sonsini Animal Shelter

The Rumors

The Rumors

I was the quintessential bachelor, living the high life, running the streets of Pittsfield, chasing rabbits, dumpster diving, and playing dodge car… Sure it could get lonely sometimes, and there were those pesky fleas,  but I was free! Until I wasn't. Normally, I make it a point never to talk to strangers, but this guy […]

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What a long, hard winter….

What a long, hard winter….

What a long, hard winter we have endured this year! But as difficult as this winter has been on us humans, it doesn't compare to the stress the snow and ice cause shelter dogs.   Proper exercise is essential to all dogs- but even more so to those dogs living in shelters in winter. These […]

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Purradise

Taken to Heart

Taken to Heart

Sometimes I am virtually handed article material by being at Purradise when an adoption is taking place—just in time for a “happy ending,” one might call such occasions. Such was the case when I popped in on March 26. Lisa, who greeted me with an outstretched-paw high-five, had just been profiled in Berkshire Humane Society’s […]

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There’s No Place Like Home

There’s No Place Like Home

Discussion of shelter animals often leads to mention of their need for a “forever home.” Just what does that mean, exactly? A reading of the profile cards at Purradise in late February gave a clue to that statement. Many of the cats awaiting adoption on that particular day had been surrendered to the Berkshire Humane […]

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Berkshire Animal Dreams

Trap Neuter Return, A Community Solution

Trap Neuter Return, A Community Solution

It would be a fair assessment to say that Animal DREAMS is an organization that cares about cats. After all, we go out of our way to help cats, even feral cats that would rather have nothing to do with us. But we know that their lives will be much better if they are spayed […]

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Fewer Cats

Fewer Cats

If there’s one thing we at Animal DREAMS get excited about, it’s spaying and neutering cats. It may not seem as warm and fuzzy a mission as adopting out homeless animals, but it’s super impactful. We get calls on a daily basis asking for our help with cat issues. The root of almost all of […]

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General

Operation Delta Dog

Operation Delta Dog

Working with experienced trainers and positive-reinforcement methods, we rescue homeless dogs from Massachusetts shelters and breed-rescue groups and train them to work as service dogs with local veterans who are suffering with TBI and PTSD. Assistance animals are a practical and successful way to reduce stress, treat depression, and manage the panic attacks associated with TBI and PTSD. […]

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Dalton Wild Animal Bylaw Vote

Dalton Wild Animal Bylaw Vote

Dalton voters are urged to attend the Annual Town Meeting at Wahconah Regional High School on May 4th at 7PM to vote “YES” on this important Bylaw:             “Display of Non-domesticated Animals for Entertainment” (a)  No living non domesticated animal shall be displayed for public entertainment or amusement in circuses, carnivals, traveling events or similar […]

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Out & About

Duck, Duck, Goose & Heron

Duck, Duck, Goose & Heron

April is an exciting month for avian wildlife enthusiasts, i.e. birdwatchers.  In particular, I welcomed the return of waterfowl to my backyard, also called Shaw Pond in Becket, MA.  My neighbor Rita Burns alerted me that she had seen a pair of ducks one brown and the other with a white band around its neck.  […]

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Finding a Fisher

Finding a Fisher

Finding a fisher is next to impossible for most of us, but their tracks indicate they are everywhere in the Berkshire woods.  Usually when I mention the word “Fisher”, I hear an unapologetic, “I hate those things”, out of the mouths of my listeners.  I then try and educate them of the importance of fishers […]

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