December 2003


Posted Tuesday, December 16, 2003 by cvhs

DOVER, N.H., - Cocheco Valley Humane Society would like to recognize Dr. Michael O'Connell and the entire staff at Dr. O'Connell's PainCare Centers in Somersworth and Merrimack, who are repeating their very generous $5000 matching gift challenge this Christmas for the animals at the Dover-based animal shelter. All monetary donations received at C.V.H.S. up until December 25 will be matched up to a total of $5000 from the doctor and his staff.

Dr. Michael O'Connell, inspired by his own adopted cat Roxi, a friendly, long-haired, tortoiseshell girl, as well as several of the PainCare Centers' staff who furthered their support by attending this past year's Walk-A-Doggie-Thon fundraiser for the animals at C.V.H.S., grinned as he said he was happy to help again this year.

"The animals and staff are so excited about what this heartfelt gift will mean to the animals. We're so grateful to have the support of Dr. O'Connell's PainCare Centers as well as the supporters throughout this community geared up to help C.V.H.S. find homes for all the animals we'll care for over the holidays and into the new year," said Mary Lou Hendrick, Development Coordinator for C.V.H.S.

A holiday mailing announcing the matching gift Dr. O'Connell's PainCare Centers is offering has been sent out to 6500 C.V.H.S. supporters. In 2002, the response from donors to the animal shelter's holiday appeal was very enthusiastic, raising a record $30,000 including the matching gift from the doctor and his staff.

"Many of us have adopted our pets from C.V.H.S. as we know there are many in need. It makes perfect sense to go to C.V.H.S. to be matched with an animal, and it just feels so good to know your giving them that second chance," said Lois Wilson, Office Manager for the Somersworth PainCare Center. "The love pets give back to us is so completely unconditional. Several patients talk about the comfort they feel from having an animal," she added.

The staff at Dr. O'Connell's PainCare Centers takes a team-oriented approach to pain treatment. Physicians and staff work together to bring the newest strategies and technologies in pain care to their patients. Each member of the staff is expertly trained and experienced in specialized areas of pain treatment making their approach highly effective. Treatment is available at 255 Route 108 in Somersworth as well as at the center's Merrimack, New Hampshire office. For more information, call (603) 692-3166 or visit,

Cocheco Valley Humane Society is a 501(C) 3 non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of homeless animals and strengthening the human-animal bond through sheltering, adoption, and education. For more information, please visit or call the shelter at (603) 749-5322.

Dr. O'Connell's cat "Roxi"

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