(February 13, 2013, Boston, MA) The Massachusetts Humane Society (MHS), recently announced its “Bessy’s Home For Felines” campaign designed to raise funds for its affiliate organization, Bessy’s Place, (www.bessysplace.org) will be a sanctuary and home for cats, many of whom are senior cats with special needs. The $400,000 campaign, which will be completed by January 2016, has received to date more than $20,000, thanks to the support of local residents, corporations and others.
Campaign co-chairpersons include: Joanne G. Mainiero, President/Treasurer, of Weymouth; Janice Pagnani, Secretary and Board Member, from Braintree; Jean York, Director of the Board, from Braintree; Gail E. Cavanaugh, Board of Directors, of Weymouth; and Eileen Horton, Board Member, from Weymouth.
MHS is seeking a 2,000 square-foot house, in Norfolk County near Boston. MHS has engaged a realtor to assist in finding an appropriate property.
The facility is needed for several reasons including the upcomingexpiration of the current facility’s lease in East. Weymouth. And, there is a growing need for housing of homeless, neglected or mistreated cats, many of whom are seniors with special needs.
As our human population ages, so has our pet population. And with seniors on fixed incomes, there has been a significant increase in the number of surrendered cats.
And in general as our economy has slumped in recent years, there has been a tremendous impact to pet owners. There has been an increase of 55% in homeless, neglected and surrendered cats since 2006. In recent years a greater number of pet owners have become unable to pay for growing medical bills. Foreclosures have forced families and their pets into shelters or motels or to share lodging with relatives or friends where animals are not welcomed.
“We have outgrown our facility in East Weymouth due to the significant increase in animals we are caring for,” stated Joanne Mainiero. “We also want to provide expanded services such as special group rooms for cats with FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus), or those on special medication and foods, a quiet room for hospice care and communal living space cats with plenty of windows to provide natural light. Our main cat room now has only two very small windows,” Mainiero added.Read More →