Berkshire Humane Society

Keeping It Fresh and New: Training and Enrichment for Shelter Dogs

Keeping It Fresh and New: Training and Enrichment for Shelter Dogs

For Kingsley, Friday night is fun night at Berkshire Humane Society (BHS).   With Adoption Counselor Laura Mertzluft as his partner, he sniffs around a series of boxes and other containers, or “hides” as they’re also called,  searching for the treats hidden inside them.  When he finds them, the reward is immediate – something delicious to […]

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February is “Love-A-Bull” Month at Berkshire Humane Society

February is “Love-A-Bull” Month at Berkshire Humane Society

Berkshire Humane Society (BHS) is once again hosting “Love-A-Bull” Month throughout February to not only spotlight our “pit bull” dogs at the shelter but also to promote responsible ownership of these unique dogs.     Despite a long and celebrated history of being devoted companions, more recently “pit bulls” dogs have become the center of much […]

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Eleanor Sonsini Animal Shelter

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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Children and Dogs- The Dilemma

Children and Dogs- The Dilemma

My earliest childhood memories are replete with my mother’s lessons of appropriate behavior when interacting with animals. I recall being taught to treat our pets with the utmost kindness and respect. We were not permitted to jump on them, pull their tails or yell at them. They were to be cared for and tended to […]

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Purradise

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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Snuggling Up

Snuggling Up

Although “the cat is on the mat” is a well-known expression, “the cat is on the lap” runs a close second for optimal feline seating. Which location a potential adoptee prefers need not be a make-or-break issue. Perhaps for you, life is not complete without a living lap warmer. Or maybe, though you enjoy the […]

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Berkshire Animal Dreams

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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Lowering Cat Overpopulation

Lowering Cat Overpopulation

Berkshire Humane Society + Animal DREAMS = Lowering Cat Overpopulation Anyone who answers phone calls at Animal DREAMS can tell you that generally, people aren’t happy when feral cats decide to live in their yard. But the feral cats of Berkshire County have caught a lucky break this time; Berkshire Humane Society has welcomed Animal […]

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General

New England Basset Hound Rescue (NEBHR)

New England Basset Hound Rescue (NEBHR)

New England Basset Hound Rescue (NEBHR) was founded in 2001 by lovers of the breed that wanted to make a difference. NEBHR is a 501 (c) (3) non profit organization. We rely only on donations and our annual Woofstock event that you can read about on our website. All of the members of the board […]

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Shake Off Winter: Get Ready for The Trails With Canine Massage

Shake Off Winter: Get Ready for The Trails With Canine Massage

by Linda Jackson & Jody Chiquoine This winter has been long and cold for all of us, including our dogs. How about leaving winter behind by learning massage for your dog? Linda Jackson and Jody Chiquoine, both owners of local healthcare businesses, have just the answer in their book, "A Dog Lover's Guide to Canine […]

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Out & About

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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Out & About : Walkers & Bounders & Bears, Oh My!

Out & About : Walkers & Bounders & Bears, Oh My!

I came across an amazing set of big Black Bear tracks in Becket during December, and instantly knew they would be the focus of this month’s column. I found the tracks while walking alongside a seasonally traveled, private road in a wonderful marsh area I happen to call home. This past November I had also […]

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