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After 12 years, shelter cat finally finds forever home

(Sept. 3, 2015) More than a decade ago a gray tabby named “Momma” arrived at the Worcester County Humane Society in need of a loving forever family. And then for the next 12 years, she waited. Thanks to Patrick Campbell Priest, WCHS employee and volunteer, Momma’s wait is finally over.
“I had room for one more furry family member in my home and it meant a lot to me to be able to adopt Momma because she had been at the shelter for so long,” Campbell said.  “She is adjusting nicely and brings me more joy than I could have ever imagined.”
Momma had earned the unfortunate status of being the shelter’s longest adoptable feline resident. She outlasted hundreds of cats who were adopted and had been at the shelter longer than many of its employees and volunteers. Before she left, employees took the time to wish her a bittersweet goodbye.
The Worcester County Humane Society currently houses more than 150 cats. Of the cats who reside at the no-kill shelter, 51 of them have been there for more than a year with 27 of them being there for four years or longer. Most of these cats are adoptable with wonderful personalities.
To promote the adoption of older cats, the shelter has a senior to senior program where anyone over the age of 65 who adopts a cat 8 years or older will have their adoption fee waived. Adoptions are based on application approval. There are currently 22 cats living at the shelter who fit into that age group.
The Worcester County Humane Society is a private, nonprofit, no-kill animal shelter located on Eagles Nest Road in Berlin.  For more information on available pets or upcoming events, follow the shelter on Facebook and Instagram or visit