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MHS - COBECC Code: 5170

Stella, aka Stella Bella, is a 10 year old senior girl full of lots of love and life. Stella is a resident at MHS - she was a little to feisty to become adopted. So she kept being passed by while other very adoptable cats got adopted. Stella has a patella problem in her left hind knee. Stella is doing great with her daily medicine that she gets, called Gabapentin. The medicine is $34.00 a month for Stella. It has made her life a feline again, she is doing so well and getting around wonderfully. MHS wants to continue to give her this medication monthly.

** Stella's monthly medication "Gabapentin" is $34.00 per month **

If your interested in adopting or sponsoring *Stella* please contact us – email: You will receive a personalized picture of Stella Bella. Proudly, your name and year will be listed on this page, under her picture as a proud sponsorship.

Seniors for Seniors Adoption Program

Seniors often live on a fixed income. Yet, seniors, 60 years of age or older, may still want to adopt a pet. In fact, medical professionals often speak of the health benefits of a companion pet for an older individual.

If a senior would like to adopt one of the shelter’s mature cats/dogs (9 years or older), the MHS will WAIVE the normal adoption fee of $125 - $225. Participants must be 60 years of age or older. The adopted pet will be spayed, neutered and receive all vaccinations for $100 - $300 (The cost of these services – subject to change).

After the new pet is taken home, a cat or dog volunteer from MHS will call the senior to ensure that ALL IS WELL and to answer any questions or concerns they might have.

If for any reason, such as a long-term hospital stay or nursing home confinement, the individual become unable to take care of their cat or dog, they can contact the Massachusetts Humane Society to make arrangements to have the animal returned to the MHS shelter. If the hospital stay is short, and it is determined that the individual will physically be able to continue being their pet’s caregiver, the shelter will return the animal to the senior.

MHS Adoption POLICY: Massachusetts Humane Society DOES NOT DECLAW CATS. However, the available cats that are up for adoption may ALREADY be DECLAWED from their previous owner.

10 Health Reasons Why Pets Are Great For Seniors

1. Pets Lower Blood Pressure, a study of health patients showed that people over 40 who own pets had lower blood pressure than people who did not have pets. Another study showed that talking to pets decreases blood pressure.

2. Fewer Trips to the Doctor. Seniors who own dogs go to the doctor less than those who do not. In a study of 1,000 Medicare patients, even the most highly stressed dog owners in the study had 21 percent fewer physician's contacts than non-dog owners.

3. Less Depression .Studies show that seniors with pets do not become depressed as often as those without pets.

4. Easier to Make Friends. Seniors with pets meet more people and like to talk about their pets.

5. Seniors Become More Active. Seniors with pets go for more walks and are generally more active than those without pets.

6. Pets are Friends. Most everyone, but especially seniors, will say that pets are their friends.

7. Pets Ease Loss. Older people who suffer the loss of a spouse and own a pet are less likely to experience deterioration in health following that stressful event.

8. Pets Fight Loneliness. You are less likely to be lonely with a canine or feline friend around.

9. Taking Better Care of Themselves. Seniors take good care of their pets and better care of themselves when they own a pet.

10. Sense of Security. Pets help seniors to feel that someone they trust is always around.
“Sponsor Me” -- Adopt a Pet Program:

Many seniors love animals, but because of physical limitations, they are unable to provide an animal a home.

With the "Sponsor Me" Adopt a Pet Program, a senior can choose the animal(s) they want to help by paying for their animal’s medical treatments, medication, special food or other special care.

Each individual will be given a photograph of their ‘pet’ and are welcome to visit during shelter hours. Seniors can assist in socializing, feeding, training or simply by providing a warm lap for a loving animal. For more information on the "Seniors for Seniors" and "Sponsor Me" contact Massachusetts Humane Society, at 781-335-1300.

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