Two volunteers just canvassed a section of Pittsfield to get to the bottom of where the cats are living and eating. Boy is it a challenge! Someone says they're hiding under a porch where a section is missing. Another person showed us a basement door that stays open—she's seen cats going there. Someone else thinks a woman a block away might be feeding them and she sees them coming from the hill up the street. Anyone out there want to be a cat detective? We need folks who are good with people to join our canvassing team.
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We’ve been telling you how we’re getting back to basics: trap, neuter and return. Well, there’s one additional service we offer; a food bank for feral cats. There’s a tremendous need; many caretakers have little money to buy food for the cats in their neighborhood. You can help us by donating any kind of cat food. Drop-off locations are: The RSVP office in the lower level of Pittsfield's public library building, the senior center in Pittsfield, Pittsfield Veterinary Hospital, Meow & Growl in Lee, Chez Pet in Lenox, and Lenox Cat Hospital.
Are you an animal lover? Do you like to volunteer in a way that makes a big impact? Are you reliable? a good organizer? WE NEED YOU!! Here’s the kind of help we need: canvassers who will team up to ask about cats in our target area; trappers; vet transporters; foster volunteers. Consider rolling up your sleeves and joining the team to make a big difference for community cats.
Let’s talk about the mission. It is estimated that there are over 10,000 un-owned cats living on the streets in Berkshire County. Animal DREAMS is the community’s only organization with the equipment and know-how to stabilize cat colonies that are overpopulating neighborhoods. The number of phone calls we get tells us there is an enormous need for TNR. As important as it is, it’s currently supported completely by donations from animal-lovers like you. It would be a blow to community cats if the organization could not afford to exist, but truth be told, it has come close to this.
In August, Animal Life Magazine published an article authored by our Trapping Coordinator, Carol Lew. In it, she describes a Trap-Neuter-Return project that Animal DREAMS had recently embarked upon in parts of West Pittsfield.
Items We Have a Need for:
- *Dry & canned cat food
- *Dry & canned kitten food
- *Gas cards or debit cards ($10-20 – for trapping and veterinary appointment runs)
- *Tractor Supply (898 Crane Ave., Pittsfield, MA)
- Petco (690 Merrill Rd., Pittsfield, MA)
- Benson's Pet Center (457 Dalton Ave., Pittsfield, MA)
- Staples (Berkshire Crossing, 555 Hubbard Ave., Pittsfield, MA)
- Wal-mart (Berkshire Crossing, 555 Hubbard Ave., Pittsfield, MA)
- Postage stamps
- Food scales (for weighing kittens. They can be found at Walmart, Target and Bed Bath and Beyond)
- Break-away cat collars
- Corporate sponsors