Humane Society shelter to be named for late vet Dr Reynolds /

The family of the late Dr. John C. Reynolds have donated $500,000 as a matching gift for the Berkshire Humane Society campaign campaign to expand their animal shelter on Barker Road.
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A rendering of the shelter with its new name.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. – The Berkshire Humane Society will rename its animal shelter the Dr. John C. Reynolds Adoption and Education Center in honor of the late veterinarian.

Dr Reynolds died last December in a kayaking accident, but his family announced on Tuesday that they would donate $500,000 to the shelter in response to its “Forever Family” fundraising campaign with a challenge to the community to match that amount.

The million dollars raised will secure the right to name the animal shelter located at 214 Barker Road.

“We were fortunate to know Dr. Reynolds as a veterinarian, board member of the Berkshire Humane Society and friend,” said chief executive John Perreault. “His death was a shock to us and to many in the community. We miss him and are grateful to Dr. Reynolds’ family for honoring him in such a meaningful way while providing others with the opportunity to also do.”

Dr Reynolds has been closely associated with the Berkshire Humane Society since he established Pittsfield Veterinary Hospital in 1996. He became a member of the society’s board of trustees in 2012 and four years later he was named Volunteer of the Year by the Berkshire Humane Society.

“Having this shelter named after Dr. Reynolds would have meant the world to him,” Perreault said. “He will carry on his important legacy for many years to come.”

Every donation to the Dr. John C. Reynolds Adoption and Education Center will be matched, dollar for dollar, doubling the impact of each donation.

More information on how to contribute to the Dr. John C. Reynolds Adoption and Education Center fund can be found here.

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