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Berkshire Humane Society is a privately owned, open-admission, non-profit animal shelter located in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. As the only open admission shelter for Berkshire County and its surrounding areas, Berkshire Humane Society has accepted 53,000 homeless pets in need of TLC since it was founded in 1992. No animal is turned away regardless of their age, breed, health, or other conditions. It's truly open-admission!
Berkshire Humane Society has some pets stay with them for days, others for weeks or months, but they can boast that every pet placed under their care since 1992 has eventually found a forever home. No, I’m not kitten you. They have a 100% success rate! Every single animal that has passed through those doors has been adopted: cats, dogs, cute critters, and beautiful birds alike
The adoption process at Berkshire Humane Society is as follows:
Adoption applications are located here.
Adoption fees at Berkshire Humane Society are as follows:
For other small mammals or birds, speak directly to the staff about the adoption fees.
Your adoption fee covers spaying/neutering, age-appropriate vaccinations, first deworming, microchipping, a heartworm test, FIV and FLV testing for cats, flea control, discounted Manner Level 1 behavioral classes for dogs, and a free consultation with Family Dog School on further behavioral issues for dogs.
Our writing team is hard at work researching this shelter's adoption process and fees, so this page will be updated soon!
In the meantime, here's some nice-to-know info that applies to nearly every animal shelter, humane society, and rescue.
Because shelter dogs are full of love!
Is it because they know you saved them and love you harder for it?
I can't say for certain, but yes.
Jokes aside, there are three things all shelter dogs need to thrive in their new home:
Older shelter dogs, generally 1+ years old, may have experienced a lot of trauma, which often results in one of 8 common behavioral issues:
These issues are correctable! Your dog isn't broken, they're just damaged. You can fix them with enough love, patience, and a good training plan.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, finding good dog trainers can be hard. Like everything else, dog training is moving only. but there are great online dog trainers that are proven to work and can help get your new pup on the right path.
You can learn a lot about an animal welfare organization just by looking at their name.
Adoption processes vary drastically from organization to organization, but here are some general tips that apply in most instances. Note that we'll use the term "shelters" here for simplicity but it includes all types of rescue organizations.
If you have any questions about adopting an animal (what you'll need, what to expect, etc.) feel free to contact the PetLists team!
If you're looking to adopt a new dog, our Dog Adoption Guide is a must-read. It has everything you need to know about bringing a shelter dog home:
And we're adding new guides all the time.