When an animal shelter in Arizona needed extra help taking care of the newborn kittens, they made an unexpected decision and turned to a senior care facility for help. “To some, it may seem peculiar at first: Residents who are in need of around-the-clock care themselves, given the task to care for these young kittens,” says Catalina Springs Memory Care Executive Director Sharon Mercer.
When an animal shelter in Arizona needed extra hands, they turned to a senior care facility for help
At first is seems peculiar to give these kittens to those who need care themselves
“But there are skills, emotions, and needs that do not just leave a person with Dementia or Alzheimer’s. The desire to give love and receive love remains”
The initiative proved to be a success, as the overall condition of both the kittens and the elderly has improved.
”The kittens have given us the opportunity to nurture this human condition that lies in each and every one of our residents”
The joy that the elderly get from bottle feeding, socializing, and cuddling needy newborns is immense – and the kittens feel grateful too