Senior for Senior Program

Compassionate program helps senior cats find homes with loving seniors

Pets enrich the lives of everyone, including seniors.

Ellen Carpenter loves animals and over the years has had many dogs and cats.

Ellen shared her apartment at Eagle’s Manor with Miss Pansy thanks to the Pet Paw-see’s Seniors for Seniors foster cat program.

Ellen had been living alone for a few years. When Ellen learned that she could have a cat with some help from the Pet Paw-see, she wanted to know more.

In this program, each senior is matched with a senior cat and a mentor. The Pet Paw-see takes responsibility for any veterinary care the cat might need, and the mentor takes the kitty to her appointments.

On hearing this, Ellen thought, “That’s grand. This is the route I’m going.” Miss Pansy didn’t take long to bond with Ellen, who is blind. “It’s the most wonderful program. Older kitties and doggies need love too,” Ellen said. “Miss Pansy senses my moods. If I’m not feeling well or feeling sad, she’s right there draped across my chest. She purrs and purrs, and loves to cuddle.” 

“I’ve got somebody to care for who needs my love,” Ellen said. “She’s my baby.”

Studies show that companion animals provide many health benefits for older people.

And because senior pets are sometimes difficult to place, it’s a win-win for both.

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