PITTSFIELD, Mass.— November is Adopt a Senior Pet month and the Berkshire Humane Society has a number of furry friends in their golden years who would love to spend the holidays in a forever home.
There are currently about 10 senior cats and dogs at the shelter and, during November, adoption fees for those 7 years or older are reduced to $50.
Senior companions will also come with a goodie bag consisting of a bed and some other supplies that will help acclimate to their new home.
By incentivizing the adoption of older animals, the shelter hopes to show all that mature pets can offer and get them into loving, permanent homes.
In a press release, Executive Director John Perreault said older cats and dogs make great pets because they are usually are house trained and past challenging stages that younger animals go through.
The Humane Society published an article in 2017 that detailed the benefits of adopting a senior animal. These include predictable personalities and a more relaxed disposition.
It also states that “senior” does not mean old, as most animals’ lives extend beyond 12 years.
Starting Sunday, Nov. 7, through Saturday, Nov. 13, the shelter will also be holding a “Vets for Pets” promotion that waives adoption fees for all animals to any active and former soldiers.
This is in honor of Veteran’s Day on Thursday, Nov. 11.
Marketing Communication Manager Catherine Hibbard welcomed iBerkshires to the Humane Society for a meet and greet with the older shelter pets. Below is a summary of the cats and dogs looking for homes during this Adopt a Senior Pet Month.
For more information or to apply for adoption, visit berkshirehumane.org.
Dennis is a large male domestic shorthair mix cat with a great personality. He is a healthy feline at 8 years and though he was found as a stray, he did not come into the shelter malnourished.
“He’s quite a character,” Hibbard said. “He’s just the sweetest boy, you can see he’s a big boy, too.”
Dennis has been at the shelter for about two months and will be featured on Steve Caporizzo’s Pet Connection on News10 ABC. He loves to be pet and receive attention.
Dennis is not fond of other cats but is very patient and would do well in a home with children. He may be able to live with a dog as well.
Unfortunately, he has been overlooked by potential adopters …….