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April 16, 2021
National Pet Day Photo Contest Winners
1st Place Other: Sandy Bevens
"Onward noble steed!" Mr. Kittles riding Ruben
Last Sunday was National Pet Day, so to celebrate, we asked our Facebook followers to submit photos of their pets, regardless of whether they had been adopted from Berkshire Humane Society.

We had an overwhelming response, with 575 entries submitted by the midnight Sunday deadline.
1st Place Dog: Kayla Fuller
Ruddy Duck cuddling with his brother Bandit, they have loved each other from the moment we brought Ruddy home 💕
We saw at least 16 species from hermit crabs to horses, chickens to chinchillas. What was clear is that our pets are beloved family members, with descriptions of them such as "contented", "sweet", "perfect", "my little buddy" and "my angel".

Berkshire Humane Society's Marketing Committee selected their top three choices to narrow down the field and then the whole staff voted to determine the winners.
1st Place Cat: Leila Segala
This is Elsa, she is a purebred rag doll. She will be 1 very soon💕
We originally planned to award a customized gift basket to the top photo, but we couldn't decide on just one, so we chose the top three in each category to win a prize and then chose honorary second and third in each category.

Thank you to all who entered. Our staff agonized over choosing their favorites; there were so many good photos the task was overwhelming! In the end, it came down to just what makes our pets dear to us -- personal preference. Here are some of our favorites. To see all submissions see comments in our Facebook post announcing the contest.
2nd Place Dog:Olive Oyle by Jeanna Stanchuk
2nd Place Cat: Theo by Deb White

Third Place Other: Daisy and Dixie by Shannon O'Bryan
Third Place Cat: Will and Zero by Amanda Bard
Third Place Other: Jocelyn and Brownie by Denise Mattimore Fahey
Third Place Dog: Best Buddies by Vinni Cat
With adoptions, we place homeless pets in loving homes and through our programs such as the Pet Food Bank, SafePet program and Family Dog School, we help keep pets in those homes, where they belong.
Honorable Mentions
Silver Lining of Social Distancing: Training for Berkshire Humane Society Staff
Last Wednesday and Thursday, Berkshire Humane Society staff participated in the New England Federation of Humane Societies annual conference, which was offered virtually. The New England Federation of Humane Societies provides information and education to animal welfare workers in New England and beyond.  

Due to travel costs, only a few of us are usually able to attend the conference, which is the largest animal welfare conference in the region, but more this year participated because of the virtual format.

A few sessions of the many offered included:
  • Socially Conscious Sheltering
  • Implementing Enrichment and Playgroups at your Shelter
  • Terrified Tigers and other Ferocious Felines: Cat Behavior Modification
  • Empathy: The Prescription for Better Client Relationships
  • Engaging, Empowering and Managing Your Community through Social Media

We're grateful for the opportunity to learn and grow so we can give the best care to our shelter animals and best service to our customers.
Animals Available for Adoption
We're hoping to see photos of these shelter animals in homes next year for
National Pet Day. Help us get them there!
Sparkles is a friendly 11.5-year-old female who was returned to Berkshire Humane Society several years after being adopted because her owner couldn't take care of her anymore.
We don't know why Remi is still here! This sweet 6-year-old pit bull mix was neglected in her former home and deserves better! See her on Pet Connection.
Stuart is one of many guinea pigs we have available at the shelter. A group of 16 of them surrendered by one person turned into 29 when several of the females gave birth.

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Berkshire Humane Society is a privately funded nonprofit organization. We receive no public funds from any other animal support groups, nor do we receive monies from any local, state or federal sources. All of our income is derived from donations and bequests. Your contributions save the lives of Berkshire County animals!
Berkshire Humane Society, Inc.
214 Barker Road, Pittsfield, MA