Berkshire Humane Society

214 Barker Rd, Pittsfield, Ma 01201
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Our missionTo ensure the compassionate care, treatment and placement of companion animals, while promoting and improving the welfare of all animals through education and outreach.
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Berkshire Humane Society

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Ways to help

Community Give Back Bag

Live from Stop & Shop at 660 Merrill Road.in Pittsfield. For the month of June, if you buy a Community Give Back bag for $2.50, Berkshire Humane Society gets $1.00! This program is in place for the Merrill Road, Pittsfield location only.

    Front Desk Receptionist

    If you’re a people person, we want you! We need friendly faces to greet and assist visitors, answer the phone, and do all sorts of administrative tasks. Front Desk Receptionists need to be out-going, prompt, efficient, and responsible and have good communication skills. A sense of humor is also a benefit. Our Volunteer Coordinator and experienced volunteers will provide on-the-job training about our shelter programs and policies.
    • Weekly
    • 55+, Adults
    • Individuals
    • Office work, Indoor
    • On-site
    • Weekdays

    Special Events Assistant

    Throughout the year, we need assistance with our onsite and offsite fundraisers and other community events. At these events, your responsibilities can range from setting up tables and/or tents to providing information to visitors and selling Berkshire Humane Society merchandise. Special Events Assistants need to be out-going and have good communications skills. Our Volunteer Coordinator and experienced volunteers will provide on-the-job training about our shelter programs and policies.
    • Occasional
    • 55+, Adults
    • Individuals
    • Event support
    • On-site
    • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

    Kennel Cleaner

    To keep our dogs clean and cozy, Kennel Cleaners will assist the staff with a variety of jobs, including cleaning and disinfecting kennel surfaces, changing bedding, doing laundry, and washing bowls. This position requires much physical activity, including lifting, stooping, and bending. Kennel staff and experienced volunteers will provide on-the-job training on our handling and cleaning procedures.
    • Weekly
    • Teens, Adults
    • Individuals
    • Physical, Indoor
    • On-site
    • Weekdays

    Small Animal Assistant

    As a Small Animal Assistant, you’ll help clean the cages of our “littles,” including rabbits, guinea pigs, rats and ferrets, as well as birds. This position requires physical activity, including light lifting, stooping, and bending. Small Animal staff and experienced volunteers will provide on-the-job training about our handling and cleaning procedures.
    • Weekly
    • Teens, Adults
    • Individuals
    • Physical, Indoor
    • On-site
    • Weekdays

    Cat Room Assistant

    Cat Room Assistants help the staff with cleaning individual cages, feeding and watering, doing laundry, washing dishes, and other tasks necessary to provide our cats with a healthy and comfortable environment. For this position, you’ll be required to perform physical activities, such as reaching and light lifting. A love of cats is a bonus! Feline staff and experienced volunteers will provide on-the-job training on our handling and cleaning procedures.
    • Weekly
    • 55+, Adults
    • Individuals
    • Physical, Indoor
    • On-site
    • Weekdays

    Dog Walker

    We guarantee that this position will keep both you and our dogs healthy and happy! As a dog walker, you’ll be an integral part of our kennel team by ensuring that all of our dogs receive exercise and socialization. Dog Walkers must be able to handle large, strong, and stressed dogs and walk on different terrains in all types of weather. Training for new volunteers includes shadowing a staff member and reviewing training videos.
    • Weekly
    • Teens, Adults
    • Individuals
    • Physical, Outdoor
    • On-site
    • Weekdays

    Humane Educator

    Like kids and animals? Then this position might be a good fit for you! As part of our Humane Education program, you’ll help give shelter tours, visit schools and other local groups, and host birthday parties. This position requires that you enjoy working with kids, have good communication skills, and are patient and creative. Our Humane Educator will provide on-the-job training about our shelter programs and policies.
    • Occasional
    • 55+, Adults
    • Individuals
    • Event support
    • On-site
    • Weekends
    Items we need now

    Berkshire Humane Wish List

    All items currently needed at the shelter can be found on our "Wish List" at BerkshireHumane.org under the "Get Involved" tab.
    • In-Kind Donations
    • Item Collection
    Wish List
    How you helpOur volunteers are an essential part of Berkshire Humane Society. They contribute more than 12,000 hours annually. From caring for animals to fundraising and assisting with our humane education program, our volunteer positions offer many opportunities to help our shelter. We are dedicated to improving the lives of homeless animals, and we could not fulfill that mission without our volunteers’ time and talents.
    About usEach year Berkshire Humane Society takes in over a thousand animals who have nowhere else to go. No matter their age, temperament, medical condition, or breed, we turn no animal away, and we place 100% of our adoptable animals into new loving homes. From humane education to low-cost spaying and neutering programs, we also provide a variety of programs and services that promote the welfare of all animals and their people.
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