PITTSFIELD, Mass.- A volunteer with Berkshire Animal Dreams found two stray kittens, Pocket and Pounce, along with their mom a couple of months ago. And now after weeks of care, they’ve been adopted and are ready to go to their new home.
“Typically with the feral kittens, there’s a window,” said Stacey Carver, executive director of Berkshire Animal Dreams. “Under eight weeks, it’s usually no problem getting them socialized. The younger the better, but once they hit ten weeks and over, it can be really difficult.”
Berkshire Animal Dreams provides care for feral cats. While some, like Pocket and Pounce, are able to be adopted, most of their work is focused on trapping, neutering, and returning.
“If they’re not fixed, they’re just going to keep breeding and making babies, and then there’s more cats out there,” said Carver. “So doing T.N.R. to help these cats makes them healthier, it lessens the numbers, and just makes the community a better place.”
The nonprofit has worked with the Berkshire Humane Society for the past seven years, and this year, they’ll be merging.
Humane Society executive director John Perreault said the partnership made sense for everyone.
“We’re on the same property, we share stories, and we help each other out,” Perreault said. “And even though we’re the bigger organization, they help us just as much as we help them.”
Most of the changes from the merger will be on the administrative side, which means Carver and her team can focus on expanding their programs and helping more cats, like Pocket and Pounce.
“It frees me, personally, up to do more actual cat work,” said Carver. “Because now I don’t have to deal with a lot of the administrative work, and just being able to focus more and more on the cats.”