Berkshire Humane Society grant supports spay/neuter programs

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Berkshire Humane Society has received a $10,000 grant from the Massachusetts Animal Coalition to continue its efforts to provide low-cost spay/neuter programs for cats and dogs in Berkshire County.

The grant will support two programs: Pittsfield Cat Fix and Be Hip & SNIP Your Dog.

Collaborating with Animal DREAMS, BHS recently launched Pittsfield Cat Fix, a city-wide effort to spay/neuter both owned and stray cats in Pittsfield. AD and BHS have targeted 500 cats in the 01201 zip code.

For Pittsfield residents who own indoor/outdoor cats, the cost of spaying/neutering is $30 and includes a rabies vaccination. Discounts can be negotiated for multiple cats or litters. There is no fee for spaying/neutering stray or feral cats. A rabies vaccination is also included.

Caretakers for these cats should contact AD at 413-997-2287 or admin@berkshireanimaldream.org to discuss arrangements. Pittsfield Cat Fix is available until the goal of 500 cats is reached or May 31, 2016.

Be Hip & SNIP Your Dog is for dog owners who live in North County and who are in financial need. BHS will be able to offer low-cost spay/neuter for approximately 50 dogs and puppies three months and older.

To participate, dog owners need to purchase a $25 voucher at either the main shelter in Pittsfield or Bark N' Cat in North Adams. The $25 fee includes spaying/neutering and a rabies vaccination. Vouchers will be available on a first come, first serve basis and be limited to two per family.

Veterinarians taking part in Be Hip & SNIP Your Dog are Greylock Animal Hospital, North County Veterinary Hospital and Pittsfield Veterinary Hospital.

Information: BHS kennel staff at 413-447-7878, ext. 126.


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