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The second part of our series highlighting two organizations that give our domesticated loved ones a chance at a second life.

The Lowell Humane Society, more than 140 years old, is one of the oldest private nonprofit organizations in Massachusetts. In 1931, the Humane Society opened its first shelter in the Hamilton Mill building. That shelter was destroyed in the flood of 1936. In 1939, the Lowell Humane Society constructed a small animal shelter at the corner of Broadway and Pawtucket streets. In 1979, a larger shelter was added onto the original building. Top left, photo from 1907 shows an abused and overworked horse that was removed from service by the Lowell Humane Society; top right, billboard from 1980s highlighting anti-animal cruelty campaign; bottom left, photo from 1979, site of the addition to the Merrimack Valley Animal Shelter; bottom right, recent photo of The Merrimack Valley Animal Shelter

Visit for complete history and slideshow of The Lowell Humane Society.

Visit to see a list of adoptable pets.


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