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Lost, Found and Looking

Meow the Cat gives a local senior companionship

Pope Memorial Humane Society
May 11, 2020
Photo by: Pope Memorial Humane Society Mikey Meow

From the desk of Development Director Chrys deLorimier,

This week’s article is from a lovely local adopter, Molly Sholes of Rockport, who talks about how having a cat has helped her.

“I read an article in the January issue of AARP about loneliness and was compelled to write my experience. First, I contacted my local Humane Society, as it seemed like an opportunity to talk about the important role pets can play in fighting loneliness for older folks. I met with Chrys to tell her my story and why I thought it was important for others to read.

Now, with people isolating at home, pets have become more important than ever, and not just for older people.

I want to tell you how important my cat Mikey, or “Meow,” has been to me. When I got her, I had an older dog named Otis. He was a shelter dog, a great dog. I run a blueberry business and he would patrol the property. One day he was sitting just beyond the compost pile and the new cat was sitting close by.

I'm convinced they had a conversation just then-he told her she would have to take care of Molly (me). He must have felt like she understood, because he walked off into the fields and died.

Meow keeps a daily schedule, which changes with the seasons and helps me move through my day. I talk to her and her company is essential to my well being. I was always a dog person and I travelled the world with my dogs, before settling in Rockport to grow blueberries.

Cats are such great companions for older folks, because they don’t need to be walked, which can be treacherous as we get older. My knees have been damaged from years of blueberry raking.

I hope readers will consider whether adding a pet might help stave off loneliness. I support our local shelter, Pope Memorial Humane Society, as they give a safe place for unwanted animals to wait for new loving homes. Adoptions are different right now, but if you are considering adopting please contact them to see what the process is.”

The shelter is currently closed for casual visits, but we are here for you and for the animals by providing services by appointment. If anyone is interested in adopting, needs  to surrender a pet, or if you need pet food or supplies due to this crisis, call during regular business hours (11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 594-2200.) We’re happy to talk to you and are here to help.

We need your help. Donations are extremely low. If you can spare a little, please give. If you have to go out, consider dropping off some pet food or cleaning supplies. Thank you for helping your shelter weather this storm and continue to care for our community’s companion animals. PopeHumane.org, find us on Facebook and Instagram.

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