For a win-win situation for kittens and elders, a Midlothian, Virginia assisted living facility partnered with Richmond Animal Care and Control (RACC).
As part of a new fostering program, residents at Morningside of Bellgrade in Midlothian cuddle kittens. RACC plans to expand the program to additional establishments in the area in the near future.
You can tell right away that it’s a fantastic idea with widespread potential.
The shelter announced on Facebook that “RACC is teaming with the Morningside of Bellgrade to foster shelter kittens, and the results couldn’t be sweeter.”
Seniors in assisted living get to spend time with kittens and puppies as part of the program. As a consequence, the animals are socialized in preparation for their permanent homes.
“Residents can hug and love RACC kittens that are in need of some TLC. If ever there was a win-win situation, this is it!”
For some inmates, it is their only opportunity to interact with animals. Residents are sometimes restricted to their rooms, but they enjoy visits from the foster kittens.
Others, like homeowner Charles Elan, have his own dogs, which he says is “very soothing.” In any case, I adore animals. “Animals have become some of my closest pals,” he told WTVR CBS6.
“It’s fantastic for us as residents, but the individuals who will receive these tiny bundles of fur will have dogs that have been loved [and] played with,” Elan added.
Animals play an important role in initiatives to improve the lives of inhabitants. They just took part in a Halloween Doggy Parade as part of their pet therapy. Lucy, a dog mascot, represents the pet-friendly institution.
Sarah Nelson-Bush of Morningside of Bellgrade, who is also an animal adopter, came up with the concept.
Nelson-Bush adds, “We all need something cozy and purry to snuggle up with.”
Fostering kittens, according to RACC’s Robin Youngs, relieves stress in seniors. In exchange, the socialization aids them in determining which type of household the kittens are most suited for.
“When you’re lonely, they’re fantastic stress relievers,” Young remarked. “This is the second time they’ve fostered kittens for us. Sharing their love with people who may no longer be able to have pets or who are lonely and miss their pets. “It just brings a grin to our faces,” she explained.
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