Helping Animals and People Since 1992

aka Purradise Feline Adoption Center and Catwalk Resale Boutique   |   Pittsfield, MA   |
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EIN: 04-3148018


Our mission is to ensure the compassionate care, treatment and placement of companion animals, while promoting and improving the welfare of all animals through education and outreach.

Ruling year info


Executive Director

John Perreault

Main address

214 Barker Rd

Pittsfield, MA 01201 USA

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Subject area info

Animal welfare

Population served info

Children and youth


NTEE code info

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Trying to educate our community about responsible pet ownership and providing lost cost spay/neuter assistance to help control pet overpopulation in our community.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Surrender Program

Berkshire Humane Society is an open admission animal shelter serving all of Berkshire County.

Population(s) Served

We place homeless animals into permanent loving homes. All of our adoptions are spayed/neutered and up to date on vaccines prior to adoption. If for some reason the adoption doesn't work out, we will take our animals back for the lifetime of the pet.

Population(s) Served

Program designed to assist individuals in a crisis situation, who will not seek help for themselves because they have no one to care for their pet. Berkshire Humane Society fosters these pets while owners get the help they need.

Population(s) Served

Berkshire Humane Society provides humane education opportunities to over 2,500 children each year. These programs include vacation and summer camps, Humane Heroes, Coffee Hour Speaking Series to name a few.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Berkshire Humane Society offers low cost canine behavior classes to help strengthen the bond between owner and canine, ultimately keeping dogs in their homes.

Population(s) Served

The Community Cat program improves the lives and promotes the humane care and acceptance of feral cats throughout Berkshire County and beyond. Through Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) the population of feral cats will become stabilized, with healthy cats and zero population growth. Through advocacy, education and action, we raise awareness and activism among citizens, animal care professionals, local government and the business community.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Children and youth

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of animals rehomed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Adoption Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

Cats, Dogs, Small animals adopted. Data gathered through our PetPoint system.

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

To foster a sustainable humane community where animals and people are valued.

1. We spay and neuter all of our cats, dogs and rabbits prior to adoption. 2. Collaborate with our local veterinarians to provide low cost or free spay/neuter assistance. 3. Provide humane education curriculum to private and public schools. We created a program for kids 8 to 14 to increase their awareness and compassion for animals. 4. We offer adult education through various seminars on timely and topical animal welfare trends and issues. 5. We provide a temporary pet food bank for people in need, which allows them to keep their pet. 6. We offer basic obedience classes for dogs to help prevent the surrender of dogs for behavioral issues that can be corrected at home.

We are certainly capable of operating the programs above as long as we continue to have a strong collaboration with our local veterinarians. Our capabilities are contingent upon receiving continued funding for these important programs. We receive no state or federal funding but rely on donations from the community.

Since January 1, 1993 we have had a 100% spay/neuter rate for all adopted animals. In 2003 we moved into our new building, which has allowed us to better serve our community's homeless animals. The new shelter enabled us to be able to better support our mission and vision for the animals and people in our community. We opened Purradise as a satellite feline adoption center in 2010. This allowed us to place additional cats into loving homes and no longer euthanize healthy adoptable cats. In 2014 we hired our first full time humane educator. We are now reaching over 2,500 children per year. We are currently working on a 3-5 year strategic plan.

How we listen

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Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

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    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

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Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0.68 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 4.9 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 22% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of BERKSHIRE HUMANE SOCIETY INC’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2017 2018 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$138,663 -$29,095 $335,462 $1,062,983 $489,720
As % of expenses -10.5% -2.2% 23.5% 69.6% 28.3%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$276,999 -$166,308 $198,414 $923,763 $345,265
As % of expenses -19.0% -11.3% 12.7% 55.4% 18.4%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $1,173,850 $1,306,599 $1,760,815 $2,585,448 $2,415,825
Total revenue, % change over prior year -7.3% 11.3% 0.0% 46.8% -6.6%
Program services revenue 27.6% 28.6% 24.1% 19.2% 26.9%
Membership dues 22.6% 23.0% 13.9% 7.0% 5.4%
Investment income 0.3% 0.2% 0.1% 0.1% 0.4%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 9.4% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 49.5% 49.1% 52.7% 73.5% 67.4%
Other revenue 0.0% -0.9% -0.1% 0.2% -0.1%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $1,322,313 $1,331,621 $1,425,447 $1,527,987 $1,728,097
Total expenses, % change over prior year 11.4% 0.7% 0.0% 7.2% 13.1%
Personnel 60.0% 61.2% 58.2% 61.1% 57.4%
Professional fees 4.9% 5.9% 6.7% 6.3% 9.1%
Occupancy 12.3% 12.1% 13.3% 12.7% 13.3%
Interest 3.0% 2.8% 3.1% 2.8% 2.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 19.9% 17.9% 18.7% 17.0% 18.2%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2017 2018 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $1,460,649 $1,468,834 $1,562,495 $1,667,207 $1,872,552
One month of savings $110,193 $110,968 $118,787 $127,332 $144,008
Debt principal payment $39,650 $41,395 $18,442 $26,127 $27,146
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $1,610,492 $1,621,197 $1,699,724 $1,820,666 $2,043,706

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2017 2018 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 2.7 2.9 4.5 8.4 6.3
Months of cash and investments 3.7 3.2 4.5 8.4 10.6
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 2.8 2.2 4.0 11.0 9.9
Balance sheet composition info 2017 2018 2020 2021 2022
Cash $294,797 $318,616 $537,378 $1,071,174 $905,447
Investments $112,605 $35,757 $0 $0 $620,849
Receivables $4,762 $11,730 $5,980 $421,049 $427,059
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $5,270,043 $5,272,479 $5,274,914 $5,363,895 $5,442,477
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 36.9% 39.5% 43.3% 44.8% 46.8%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 26.4% 27.2% 25.4% 20.0% 17.6%
Unrestricted net assets $2,743,657 $2,577,349 $2,647,436 $3,571,199 $3,546,403
Temporarily restricted net assets $27,088 $33,055 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $27,088 $33,055 $20,563 $15,041 $496,033
Total net assets $2,770,745 $2,610,404 $2,667,999 $3,586,240 $4,042,436

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2017 2018 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

John Perreault

John has spent most of his working life in animal welfare and in one place! He started his career as an intern in 1983 at the MSPCA in Methuen, John’s hometown. John has been the Executive Director at Berkshire Humane Society in Pittsfield, MA for 28 years. John previously served as the shelter manager for the MSPCA Pittsfield branch prior to helping create the Berkshire Humane Society, which took over the running from the MSPCA on January 1st of 1993. John has also been responsible for many educational and outreach programs that continue to make a difference in the lives of animals and their people in the Berkshire’s!‬‬‬‬ John is also a Rotarian and has served on its Board of Directors on many occasions. He is a past president serving in 2018-2019. John is also the incoming president of the Pittsfield Rotary Foundation. John also volunteers coaching basketball at the youth and high school level.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990


Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Board of directors
as of 03/24/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

Leslie Weil

Colleen McGrath

Cindy Bartlett

Laura Bykowski

Nelson Furlano

Oskar Hallig

Susanna Lurao

Michelle Looney


Ashley McLeod

Chris Nerrie

Jayson Tanzman

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/7/2022

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

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Gender identity

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Transgender Identity

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Sexual orientation

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There are no contractors recorded for this organization.

Professional fundraisers

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SOURCE: IRS Form 990 Schedule G

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