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.
About the Mentoring Grant
The Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society TNR Mentoring Program started in 2011 to assist non-profits in developing Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) programs. The program administers small grants for spay/neuter surgeries and trapping equipment in targeted communities. MRFRS helps develop the funded projects and provides mentoring as they progress. These are short, intense projects (three to five months) for the groups to learn how to perform targeted TNR. After the pilot projects are completed, the groups apply for larger grants from PetSmart Charities with guidance from MRFRS on the application process.
PetSmart Charities, Inc. is a nonprofit animal welfare organization that saves the lives of homeless pets. More than 400,000 dogs and cats find homes each year through our adoption program in all PetSmart® stores and our sponsored adoption events. PetSmart Charities grants more money to directly help pets in need than any other animal welfare group in North America, with a focus on funding spay/neuter services that help communities solve pet overpopulation. PetSmart Charities is a 501(c)(3) organization, separate from PetSmart, Inc.