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Founder and Director

Phone: (413) ***-****  HQ Phone
Animal D.R.E.A.M.S. Inc
P.O. Box 1073
Pittsfield , Massachusetts 01202
United States

Company Description: Animal D.R.E.A.M.S. is a not-for-profit organization improving the lives of feral and abandoned cats. Based in Berkshire County, Massachusetts, Animal D.R.E.A.M.S.'...   more

Employment History

  • Founder and Director
    Berkshire Animal DREAMS
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"You'll just have to donate to ..., 18 July 2012 [cached]
"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.
Event Reviews - Our BerkshireGreen: It's All About Community!, 5 April 2012 [cached]
OBG sure knows how to attract great people and speakers. ~ Yvonne Borsody, Berkshire Animal DREAMS, Pittsfield, MA
GREAT BARRINGTON , Munchkin and Sylvester ..., 6 Feb 2008 [cached]
GREAT BARRINGTON , Munchkin and Sylvester are wild and wary, but to Yvonne Borsody, they're lovable nonetheless.Instead of a cushy couch, the 7-year-old felines have commandeered a ramshackle barn near the Berkshire Co-op Market.And instead of a human owner's loving touch, the pair have each other.They were born in the wild with a domestic cat bloodline: Munchkin and Sylvester are true feral cats.And their population is on the rise in the county.
Borsody, the founder and director of Berkshire Animal Dreams, a nonprofit organization that traps, neuters and provides food and medical treatment for the county's feral cats, says the increase in numbers is due, at least in part, to the mortgage crisis; people are losing their homes, moving suddenly, and leaving pets behind.
Another scenario includes the owner who takes on a cute kitten, only to throw out the creature when it becomes "bratty," Borsody said.
The abandoned, often unneutered, cats that survive for any length of time become feral; and they mate and make more feral cats.
"It's rampant, and (the situation) is only getting worse," Borsody said.
Although she can't be sure how many feral
and abandoned cats are in the Berkshires, she estimates that the number is above 32,000 , roughly a quarter of the county's 131,117 human residents.And in its eight-year history, Borsody says Berkshire Animal Dreams has treated about 2,000 cats.
Standing in the rain in a parking lot on Bridge Street, Borsody spooned some Little Friskies cat food onto paper plates and readied a pair of wire cage traps.
"I was told there was a long-hair and a gray tuxedo (cat) in the area," she said."It's possible they've already been ear-tipped."
Borsody was referring to the practice of snipping off the tip of a feral cat's ear to signify that it has been trapped, neutered and given its shots before being returned to its home in the wild.The clipped ear is a "universal symbol," Borsody said, and recognized by everyone who works with wild cat colonies.
Ear-tipping is painless to the cat and is performed by a veterinarian while the animal is anesthetized, she emphasized.
After setting the trip-plate traps, Borsody moved a cat carrier containing Blondie, a sand-colored young female with golden eyes, into the back seat of the station wagon.Blondie, Borsody's foster pet, is in the process of being re-introduced to human contact.The cat, barely a year old, was found shortly after it had given birth to a litter on Circular Avenue in Pittsfield.
"A rough place," Borsody said.
"There's a misconception that they're vicious, and that they'll attack, but they're more likely going to run the other way," Borsody added."But once they're neutered and vaccinated, they're often healthier than most people's house pets.And they earn their keep."
She said that, thanks to Munchkin and Sylvester, there wasn't a mouse problem near the Dumpsters at the Berkshire Co-op Market.
The traps on Bridge Street had been open for an hour; Borsody returned to check on them.Still empty.
"We'll get 'em," she said with a sigh.
Hopper, a rescued cat and mascot ..., 12 Feb 2012 [cached]
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, 1 May 2011 [cached]
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.
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