The Berkshire Humane Society sees an increase in cat abandonments

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A shortage of vet appointments and an influx of kittens has created a busy Berkshire Humane Society.

On Tuesday alone, they received a group of 21 kittens from a female cat who became pregnant last December.

Executive director John Perreault said nearly all neutering and neutering surgeries have been put on hold throughout the pandemic and people are still struggling to get appointments with their vets.

In Pittsfield, a local animal hospital closed last July due to a lack of staff.

The Berkshire Humane Society is asking people to keep an eye out for their outdoor cats and, if anyone is interested in adopting a cat, to visit their facility in Pittsfield.

“We have a lot of those and I think shelters all over New England will tell you the same thing,” Perreault said. “There’s a great selection of kittens and cats in shelters as well as other animals. If you’re considering having some in your home, a big part of it is that there’s a great selection of them. The most difficult is that you want to make sure you have a veterinarian who can also treat your animal at the time of adoption.”

The Humane Society is also reducing adoption fees by 50% for cats 7 months and older for the month of September.

They will run vaccination clinics to help people who cannot get appointments with their veterinarian. The first scheduled is a rabies clinic on Oct. 29 from 9 to 11 a.m. at Haddad Subaru in Pittsfield.

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