PITTSFIELD, Mass. – A local shelter beyond its capacity is getting creative with its adoption process to help nearly 200 animals find homes.
The Berkshire Humane Society is more than 50 animals over its capacity, including dogs as well as cats, and they're asking the public for help.
"This isn't a shelter problem, we don't have a shelter problem here, this is a community problem where there are more animals that adoptive homes at the moment," said John Perreault, executive director of the group.
With more than 170 animals in need of a permanent home, the shelter has implemented a "choose your own adoption fee" policy.
"Get some adoptions flowing so we can create some space, because there's more animals and people out in the community that are in need," he said.
Locals can adopt a dog for their own price if it's been at the humane society for over 30 days, or a cat if it's been there for over 90.
"We have many kitties over the age of seven, that have many long years to give, that would make somebody a great companion," he said.
And although you may not be able to adopt a pet, donations are always welcome. Alex Glover loves animals, but has too many of her own to take in anymore. That's why her law firm donated money to help offset the funds the shelter will be losing by dropping its prices.
"The shelter relies a significant amount on adoption fees for their operating budget," she said.
To adopt, you must fill out an application. Click HERE and download the correct application online. The Berkshire Humane Society is located at 214 Barker Road in Pittsfield, Mass.
BHS Adoption Hours:
Monday: Closed Tuesday thru Saturday: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM Thursday Evening: 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM Sunday Afternoon: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. -- A teen was hospitalized after he was hit by a car in Schenectady Friday morning. The accident occurred at around 7:45 a.m. near the intersection of Albany Street and Wagner Avenue. Police sayMore >>
A teen was hospitalized after he was hit by a car in Schenectady Friday morning.More >>
Compiled below is a list of current snow emergencies around the Capital Region area. Village of Catskill – Beginning on Saturday, December 14, all vehicles should be parked on the even side of VillageMore >>
A full list of current snow emergencies around the Capital Region area.More >>
EAST GREENBUSH, N.Y. -- As the Sandy Hook anniversary approaches, schools across the country are reviewing their security measures. On Friday, Columbia High School in East Greenbush shared the stepsMore >>
As the Sandy Hook anniversary approaches, schools across the country are reviewing their security measures.More >>
WHITEHALL, N.Y. – A boil water notice is in effect for all users of the Village of Whitehall Water System beginning Monday night as crew work on a water leak. The notice begins at 10 p.m. on DecemberMore >>
A boil water notice that went into effect Monday night for all users of the Village of Whitehall Water System has been lifted.More >>
CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. – A 17-year-old Shenedehowa High School student has been arrested after State Police say he injected another student with heroin. Daniel Lewis was arrested by State Police for the felonyMore >>
A 17-year-old Shenedehowa High School student has been arrested after State Police say he injected another student with heroin.More >>
GLOVERSVILLE, N.Y. -- Gloversville Police are investigating a report of a possible child lure attempt on Thursday night. On December 12, at about 6 p.m. a child walking on East Fulton Street near CedarMore >>
Gloversville Police are investigating a report of a possible child lure attempt on Thursday night.More >>
TROY, N.Y. – The Sage Colleges will observe a moment of silence Friday in honor of Sandy Hook principal Dawn Hochsprung and the other students who lost their lives during the Sandy Hook shootings in DecemberMore >>
The Sage Colleges will observe a moment of silence Friday in honor of Sandy Hook principal Dawn Hochsprung and the other students who lost their lives during the Sandy Hook shootings in December 2012.More >>
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Christmas will be coming a little early this year at the children's hospital at Albany Medical Center. Arriving by fire truck, Santa and Mrs. Claus will deliver nearly $10,000 in toys,More >>
Christmas will be coming a little early this year at the children's hospital at Albany Medical Center.More >>
COLONIE, N.Y. – Colonie Police are investigating the possible luring of a child on Thursday afternoon. According to police, the incident occurred on December 12 at about 4:30 p.m. A 12-year-old boy reportedMore >>
Colonie Police are investigating the possible luring of a child on Thursday afternoon.More >>
WEST SAND LAKE, N.Y. - There is a massive barn fire in West Sand Lake Thursday night. The fire is on 214 Thais Road. There are multiple fire departments on the scene, battling the fire. NEWS10 ABC hasMore >>
The owner of the barn that caught fire Thursday night died while trying to save horses trapped in the structure.More >>