There is a distinct advantage for senior citizens to have a pet in their life. The simple act of petting an animal can help lower blood pressure, companionship helps decrease depression and loneliness and the responsibility of caring for another creature often is what gets seniors motivated to be more active. Often times senior citizens are reluctant to adopt for fear of becoming incapacitated while having a pet and not having anyone to take on the responsibility when they are no longer able.
Sheltering Hands offers a program that helps not only senior citizens but also our adult cats currently in our group foster homes. The program is a FOSTER opportunity for the senior citizen to take in an adult cat. The cat remains in the senior home until the senior wishes to return the cat to Sheltering Hands’ cat residence facility. The cat remains the property of Sheltering Hands so medical needs are provided through our normal health care channels. The senior provides the food, housing and love. With more personalized attention from the senior “foster” the cat is less stressed and can live out its life in comfort.
The cat is matched with the senior based upon the senior application and interview. Regular communication with the program volunteer is provided to answer any problems or questions that arise. Some of our successful examples are pictured below. For an application, please download the Seniors for Senior Application at the bottom of this webpage.