MSPCA-Angell Headquarters

350 South Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02130
(617) 522-7400
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Angell Animal Medical Centers – Boston

350 South Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02130
(617) 522-7282
angellquestions@angell.org
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Angell West

293 Second Avenue, Waltham, MA 02451
(781) 902-8400
For on-site assistance (check-ins and pick-ups):
(339) 970-0790
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Angell at Nashoba – Low-Cost Wellness Care

100 Littleton Road, Westford, MA 01886
(978) 577-5992
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Animal Care and Adoption Centers – Boston

350 South Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02130
(617) 522-5055
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Animal Care and Adoption Centers – Cape Cod

1577 Falmouth Road, Centerville, MA 02632
(508) 775-0940
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Animal Care and Adoption Centers – Nevins Farm

400 Broadway, Methuen, MA 01844
(978) 687-7453
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Bear-Proofing Funding for Berkshire County

Learn how to avoid and resolve conflicts with black bears

Request free informational pamphlets on how to coexist humanely with black bears


2024 FUNDING NOW AVAILABLE

COMPLETE THE ONLINE APPLICATION (PREFERRED) OR SUBMIT AN APPLICATION BY EMAIL/MAIL

In the Berkshires, conflicts with bears are a serious and frequent problem. Thanks to a grant from the Nion Robert Thieriot Foundation, the MSPCA is able to provide funding assistance for the purchase of bear-proof refuse receptacles in Berkshire County. Apply for funding.


WHO IS ELIGIBLEAny individual or entity in Berkshire County.

WHAT ARE THE CRITERIA? A willingness to resolve problems non-lethally, a site that is conducive to bear-proof trash receptacle usage, and permission of property owner to install the receptacle(s).

HOW DO I REQUEST ASSISTANCE? Please fill out an application. Online is preferred, but you can also email or mail a completed application to: emagner@mspca.org or MSPCA, Attn: Elizabeth Magner, 350 S. Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02130. (PRINT APPLICATION – PDF)

HOW MUCH FUNDING IS AVAILABLE? IS THERE A DEADLINE? Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis throughout 2024 until funding is exhausted. Requests will be considered in the order in which they are received, but financial need, the scope of the problem, and what has been tried already to resolve the problem will be taken into account as well. Please note that recipients are generally expected to cover 25%-50% of the cost. Most recipients select something from Bearicuda Bins though this is not required. Please check out their website to get a sense of how much receptacles cost and what options exist. (The Stealth 2 is very popular.)

WHAT IF I HAVE QUESTIONS? Please direct any questions to Elizabeth Magner, emagner@mspca.org, 617-541-5104


NOTE: If you are experiencing bear conflicts in another part of the state (outside of Berkshire County), please see tips for avoiding and resolving conflicts with bears. You can also contact us for additional information.

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