, Derry, New Hampshire


May 2, 2013

Derry senior living facility goes to the dogs

Humane Society pays a visit to Birch Heights


“We’re always desperate for help,” Dunlavey said. “It’s really important since we don’t have a shelter.”

Angel, a well-known dog in the community, also visited Birch Heights. The fluffy chow is also a success story.

Her owners, Henry and Elinor Camirand, are stalwart Humane Society volunteers and often walk with their dogs in the annual Derry holiday parade. The couple was also an original force behind the Derry Dog Park. Angel was also adopted through the local Humane Society.

Elinor Camirand said Angel works hard these days doing pet therapy visits to nursing homes.

Birch Heights resident Elaine Patnaude said seeing Penny and Angel made her remember her own pet, Sasha, who is now living with one of her children and regularly comes to visit.

“She is such a wonderful dog,” Patnaude said. “God put all these parts in a basket (when he made her).”

There is always a big need for foster homes for dogs and cats, Dunlavey said. Volunteers are also needed to handle other tasks like community outreach projects and pet therapy.

Birch Heights residents collected a donation to support the Humane Society as part of the series on animals. Other visitors recently included Handel With Care veterinary associates, who offered information on pet care.

To learn more about the Greater Derry Humane Society, visit

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