In an effort to help local shelter animals find a home, The Berkshire Eagle will be highlighting an adoptable pet the first weekend of every month. All pets will be chosen by the staff at the Berkshire Humane Society, where the pets can be adopted from. Meet Honey, a Labrador-retriever-hound mix who is 7 years young with a sweet spirit who is looking for a new place to call home.

Honey is female, of medium build and is tan -- well, perhaps more of a honey color, as her name indicates -- with a white muzzle that likes to give kisses. The affectionate pup is as sweet as her namesake and is house trained. Honey should be the only pet in the house. While she loves to sit in people's laps to get attention, she does not like to share her space or affection with other animals. Honey would also do best in a home with older teenagers and up. She can be vocal sometimes -- she has a lot to say!

While some might consider 7 years old to be almost senior in dog years, Honey is is strong and active, with an affinity for toys she likes to share with slobbery kisses.

She has been introduced to the easy-walk body harness and is walking easier on leash, according to those who are helping her find a home at the Berkshire Humane Society.

Honey may need some time to adjust to a new home since it's been a while since she's been in a home of her own, but she loves to meet new people. Spend just 20 minutes with her during a visit at the shelter and you'll see what a sweet girl she is.

If you're interested in meeting Honey, please stop by the shelter and fill out a dog application. Or you can call the canine department at (413) 447-7878, ext. 26.

Lend a paw

Would you like to help the animals at the Berkshire Humane Society but don't have the room or the lifestyle to adopt a pet?

How about you ...

- Volunteer your time -- The shelter is always looking for volunteers to clean kennels, walk dogs, assist with feline care, man the front desk and help keep the grounds clean.

(Photo courtesy of the Berkshire Humane Society)

- Be a foster pet parent -- Provide a temporary home to an animal in need.

- Donate dog and cat food -- The shelter provides a pet food pantry for those in the community facing hardship. Some donations also help feed animals at the shelter. Cat food is always needed.

- Go shopping -- The shelter has a wish list of everyday items it needs to help keep its pets happy and healthy, such as garbage bags, laundry detergent, paper towels, bleach and printer paper. Visit www.berkshirehumane.org/wish-list/ for a complete list.

For more information, visit www.berkshirehumane.org.