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


We are sadden to say that Seymour is no longer with us. (This is very tough to type up.) Seymour was with us for about 6+ years, we had a few volunteers that could work with Seymour and took good care of Seymour, including myself. We worked with him every day - every second we had. But it seemed that Seymour had a hard start in life. He had medical problems when he came to us - he had lyme disease and had to be treated twice for that.. Then after a while he had a thyroid problem and he was getting really bad arthritis and painful at times, as well as, some behavioral problems that developed more and more that could not be handled, we tried and tried. We tried foster homes and so many other methods but It just did not work. Due to his behavioral problems and being so unadoptable we could not find him a home any longer. MHS took care of Seymour for 6+ years and he became a MHS resident of the MHS - Sanctuary.

Seymour loved his daily walks, and he would run around the yard so fast his ears would flop in the air and wind and he enjoyed so much basking in the sun getting the raise. He loved his kong full of dog goodies every night, he just loved loved food and his dog cookies. At one point we could give him a bath and rub his belly. He was "cute" to so many people, when they saw him. Seymour was cute !! he had that cute beagle face with his floppy big ears.

Mass Humane Society wants to thank very much - VCA in Weymouth Dr. Perry and his Vet Technicians Stella and Kathy. Seymour would go there for his exams, shots, thyroid tests, lyme tests, and other medical needs and they took very good care of him.

We had many up's and down's and all around's with Seymour - however we cared for him and we understood him, as we all knew the do's and don'ts with Seymour. However, Seymour loved us just as much, Seymour was Seymour !! Again this is tough to type up, but knowing that Seymour is over the rainbow bridge - free........ WE ALL LOVE YOU SEYMOUR - ALWAYS !!

Seymour Gone But Never Forgotten - In Loving Memory and Honor of Seymour We will cherish all the memories of Seymour !! He was a "special boy" !!


(the pictures of Seymour range from the first year we had him at the shelter to the last days we had him)

Partnership with PET SUPPLIES PLUS

MHS will be at Pet Supplies Plus in Quincy, MA


12:30 PM - 3:30 PM

We will have animals up for adoption (by pictures only - sorry - but they still need homes). We will have a "special touch" of homemade dog cookies and handmade cat toys and cat beds for you and your beloved pets.

Stop By - Come On Down !

Where: 625 Southern Artery
Quincy, MA 02169-5645

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.
For more detail information, contact MHS - 781-335-1300 and leave a message or email :

Thanks So Much, MHS is Grateful for your caring help!

MHS is looking for DOG Foster Care Homes in the South Shore Area

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.
For more detail information, contact MHS - 781-335-1300 and leave a message or email :

Thanks So Much, MHS is Grateful for your caring help!

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