Small Animals Seeking Homes09:36AM / Thursday, February 23, 2012
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Humane Society will be holding a special event this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. as part of February’s “Adopt-a-Small-Animal Month.” The day will consist of raffles, a bake sale, a kid’s toy shop, free coloring sheets, and $10 nail-clipping services for rabbits. The event is to raise awareness of the many other BHS animals available for adoption such as rabbits, guinea-pigs and birds.
“When people think of us, they mostly just think of cats and dogs,” said Erin Starsja, BHS Small Animal Adoption Counselor. “Saturday will be about raising awareness and raising money for our smalls.”
All proceeds from the event will benefit the small animal fund to help pay for needed items like bedding, fresh vegetables, and veterinary needs. Starsja added, “Most people don’t realize how expensive it can be to care for these kinds of creatures. There is almost always a waiting list for people surrendering rabbits and when they think of a small animal, they think of no vet-care bills and that is not the case.”
Small animals need to be given a place to safely exercise outside of their cage, routine veterinary care, and sometimes special dental care. Part of the benefit of adopting from BHS is that small animals like rabbits and guinea pigs will be spayed or neutered and will have vaccinations or medical evaluations included in the adoption fee. The small animals at BHS often stay three times longer than cats and dogs simply because most people don’t know that they are available and go to pet stores instead. For more information contact Erin Starsja at the Berkshire Humane Society at 413-447-7878, ext 24, or visit www.berkshirehumane.org.