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The mission of Animal DREAMS is to improve the lives and promote 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 ze... more.
About Millie Calesky - Coach, Speaker, Trainer, & Writer
Founder, Animal Dreams
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OBG sure knows how to attract great people and speakers. ~ Yvonne Borsody, Berkshire Animal DREAMS, Pittsfield, MA
"You'll just have to donate to find out what we have in store," said Animal D.R.E.A.M.S. founder and director Yvonne Borsody.
Hopper, a rescued cat and mascot of Animal DREAMS, shares a moment with Yvonne Borsody, founder and director of the nonprofit group, in their new home at 41 North St. in Pittsfield.
According to Yvonne Borsody, founder and director of Animal DREAMS, the group and its volunteers locate and rescue abandoned house cats, provide medical care, have them spayed or neutered, and put them in a foster home with an eye to possible adoption. But continued growth in workload and volunteers brought Borsody and the board of directors to realize they needed a headquarters with visibility and storage capabilities to coordinate the ongoing efforts. Animal DREAMS is completely funded by donations, of both money, cat food and supplies, Borsody said. In 12 years, about 3,000 cats have been helped by the group. Borsody started the effort on her own one day n the late 1990s, when she spotted a little orange kitten sitting by a Dumpster on Main Street in Great Barrington. When she went to say hi, the kitten ran away. That was the beginning of a long journey for Borsody and Berkshire County felines. "I just don't want to see animals tormented or suffering," Borsody said. "They deserve to live, not to be killed." Today, with about 50 active volunteers and 10 volunteer foster homes, Animal DREAMS continues their work with cats, and with numerous supporters from their new headquarters. "It's nice to have a home of our own," Borsody said.
May 2011 Hill Topics – Church on the Hill, Lenox MA | Church on the Hill, UCC Lenox
For me, it began when I went into the chapel and Joy introduced me to Yvonne Borsody, the founder and director of Animal D.R.E.A.M.S, an organization whose purpose is to establish some control over the population of feral cats in Berkshire County. (You might have seen their cash donation boxes in stores around town).
When I was introduced to Yvonne, I saw she had a cat carrier at her feet and when I peeked, there was Hopper, purring and rubbing his face on the side of the carrier in the true style of a cat who wants to get some attention as soon as possible. Once everyone had arrived and the chapel door was closed, Yvonne opened the carrier and out came Hopper, the ambassador of Animal D.R.E.A.M.S. As we ate our lunches, Hopper oversaw the event from his perch on my lap. (My cat-hair-covered clothes were a sure message to Hopper that, "this lady likes cats!). Yvonne explained how Animal D.R.E.A.M.S. strives to achieve their goal to compassionately control cat over-population in our community by trapping (in have-a-heart traps) feral cats.