Berkshire Animal DREAMS

Advocates for Community Cats

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Grant to Fix Cats on the West Side of Pittsfield


If you live on the west side of Pittsfield Massachusetts, and you own or care for unfixed cats, we have great news for you. Animal DREAMS, in partnership with Berkshire Humane Society, has been awarded a mentoring grant from PetSmart Charities to spay or neuter 125 cats who live in a specific area on the west side of Pittsfield. The borders of this area are: North St., Wahconah St., Pecks Rd., Onota St., and West St. (See map)

In our target area, we will be spaying and neutering cats that are owned/pets (indoor and/or outdoor), as well as stray and feral cats. Vet care will include: spay or neuter, rabies vaccine, distemper vaccine, parasite treatment, and in the case of un-owned cats, an eartip.

Owned cats: This program is called CatSNIP, and the cost to owners will be $25. No proof of income is necessary. To hold a spot, payment must be made in advance when the CatSNIP application is filled out. Owners will bring cats to Animal DREAMS the morning of surgery and pick them up the same day. If transportation is difficult for cat owners, we will try to work something out so no one misses this opportunity for that reason.

Un-owned cats: This is our TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) Program. It includes feral and stray cats.

This grant period has already started, and it ends February 28, or when we have reached our goal of 125 cats.

If you live inside the target area in Pittsfield and would like to participate or learn more, call (413) 997-2287 and leave a message with your contact information, the street you live on, and a brief description of your situation. Your call will be returned as soon as possible.

$70 is the Magic Number

File Folders

At Animal DREAMS, we have a very long list of TNR Intake forms in a file called “Needs Money”. Many people who care for community cats struggle to meet their own expenses. They feed them but are helpless to stop the overpopulation because they don’t have the $70 it would cost to fix each cat they care for outside. At Animal DREAMS, SEVENTY DOLLARS is a magic number. A donation of $70 means we can fix and vaccinate one more cat.


Cat in the distance

Two volunteers just canvassed a section of Pittsfield to get to the bottom of where the cats are living and eating. Boy is it a challenge! Someone says they're hiding under a porch where a section is missing. Another person showed us a basement door that stays open—she's seen cats going there. Someone else thinks a woman a block away might be feeding them and she sees them coming from the hill up the street. Anyone out there want to be a cat detective? We need folks who are good with people to join our canvassing team.


Items We Have a Need for:


  • *Dry & canned cat food
  • *Dry & canned kitten food

Gift cards:

  • *Gas cards or debit cards ($10-20 – for trapping and veterinary appointment runs)
  • *Tractor Supply (898 Crane Ave., Pittsfield, MA)
  • Petco (690 Merrill Rd., Pittsfield, MA)
  • Benson's Pet Center (457 Dalton Ave., Pittsfield, MA)
  • Staples (Berkshire Crossing, 555 Hubbard Ave., Pittsfield, MA)
  • Wal-mart (Berkshire Crossing, 555 Hubbard Ave., Pittsfield, MA)

Office Supplies/Other:

  • Postage stamps
  • Microwaveable pet heating pads
  • Reusable hand warmers
  • Break-away cat collars
  • Corporate sponsors
*Most needed