PITTSFIELD >> The Berkshire Humane Society took another step toward ending feline homelessness and overpopulation in Berkshire County by hosting its third annual "100 Cats for Christmas" on Thursday, Dec. 17, with the support of a grant from the Massachusetts Animal Coalition.
By the end of the day, BHS met its goal and spayed or neutered 100 kittens and cats.
"100 Cats for Christmas" is BHS's most ambitious low-cost spay and neuter effort. The MAC grant and several local veterinarians who heavily discounted their fees allowed BHS to offer the surgery for just $25, which included a rabies vaccination.
For this year's "100 Cats for Christmas," owners had the option of dropping off their cats at BHS in Pittsfield or Greylock Animal Hospital in North Adams.
Between 7 and 8 a.m., 75 carriers lined the lobby of BHS, with cats and kittens alike waiting to be transported by shelter volunteers and staff to their appointments.
Throughout the morning, another 25 cats arrived at Greylock Animal Hospital.
Veterinarians who participated in this year's event include Greylock Animal Hospital, Pittsfield Veterinary Hospital, South Street Veterinary Services, Allen Heights Veterinary Hospital, Lenox Cat Hospital, and Sand Road Animal Hospital in Falls Village, Conn.