Bessy's Rescue Story

When I adopted Bessy in 1993, she was a homeless, unwanted, beautiful 1 1/2-year-old calico cat in a shelter. I can still picture her looking through her cage door with a “smile” on her face, starring at me. Right then and there “that was the cat for me.”

I later found out she had been adopted twice before but returned to the shelter. Let’s say, she had some personality quirks that needed adjusting. Bessy needed bonding time and patience and I was happy to give her that, And Bessy NEVER went back to the shelter.

Bessy was my cat for 19 wonderful years. Throughout those years she became a diabetic, developed a thyroid problem, then got severe kidney failure and passed on in June of 2011.

In honor of my wonderful, loving pet, Bessy, I have created a sanctuary where all unwanted, homeless cats are wanted, loved and provided a warm, nurturing home. Bessy’s Place is dedicated to those cats that are not as fortunate as my Bessy.

In Loving Memory & Honor of Bessy the Best!

Joanne G. Mainiero, Founder Bessy’s Place


Pictures of Penny are when she was younger and older- before she passed on :(

We have very sad news, our "Penny Lane" has passed on to the rainbow bridge. She was about 18 years old. She had many symptoms of having a " blood clot in her head" Penny's quality of life went down hill very fast.

Penny is one of the hundreds and hundreds of adult cats and senior cats that were surrendered to us or abandon at our shelter or found as strays. We decided to become partly a sanctuary as well , because of all the cats that had health or behavioral problems as they were passed by for adoption and became "life longer's." However we have adopted hundreds and hundreds of older/senior cats into loving caring kind homes as well. Penny and her sister Tobi - they both came in together as surrendered felines so we kept them together and both lived as life longer's. Penny & Tobi were the most sweetest, loving, cats ever. Tobi died at 15 years old - kidney failure. Penny continued to live her life at Massachusetts Humane Society. When Penny came in she had very bad "UTI infections, they would come and go many times, so we continued to care for her with medicine and TLC.

Penny was very vocal, she would let out a yell so loud your ears would ring, she wanted attention NOW, and or her WET FOOD now. Penny was a real talker, that you could even have a conversation with her in "cat talk" - she was amazing !! Penny was free roaming - she could come and go as she pleased. Penny's disposition was very special and just beautiful all around !! We will all miss Penny very much, she will always have a special place in our hearts and at Massachusetts Humane Society. Penny was part of Massachusetts Humane Society for 11 years! Massachusetts Humane Society was her home!

Massachusetts Humane Society wants to Thank Very Much our Shelter Veterinarian - Dr. Joanne Keith for helping Penny medically and being there for us and most of all "Penny".

Rest In Peace Penny, beautiful sweet loving lady !


Partnership with Petco

MHS will be at Petco in South Weymouth MA


SEPTEMBER 23, 2017 - SATURDAY - 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM


We will not have cats, dogs or small animals at the store. However, you can talk with our volunteers about the animals that do need homes; and our lifelong animals we care for.

We will have a "special touch" of homemade dog cookies and handmade cat toys for your beloved pets and handmade dog & cat pillows for you to decorate your home.

Come on down and hang out with us !!

35 Pleasant Street
South Weymouth, MA 02190

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In the South Shore Area

We are looking for serious Cat/Kitten Foster Care Homes. If you can help as a foster care parent while MHS looks for a loving, caring, kind and responsible homes for the Cats/kittens.
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MHS is looking for serious Dog Foster Care Homes If you can help the dogs as a foster care parent while MHS looks for a loving, caring, kind and responsible home for the dogs.
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