This weeks Senior Sunday post is a bit different, today we focus on the Big Sky Ranch’s – Seniors For Seniors program in Folsom, LA which places cats with senior citizens. Cats are a wonderful alternative pet for the dog-loving elderly who have mobility issues
From their website
CATNIP Foundation, a 501c3 organization with a simple, yet ambitious Vision of a NO KILL community with NO MORE SHELTERS. Shelters and sanctuary sites are a necessity today, but they are a reactive solution to a problem of over-population, and CATNIP was founded to become a leader in our community and beyond in finding proactive solutions.
“Build, Learn, Teach” In everything we do, we strive to create a replicable model that can be used by other animal welfare groups in other communities. While we enjoy our role in caring for animals directly, we know that multiplying our efforts is paramount to having a real impact.
“Do more together” A collection of isolated, stove-piped animal welfare groups can never do more than each can contribute individually. But together, the whole becomes greater than the parts. So we focus on bringing in, connection, and supporting other organizations with similar animal welfare missions.
“Stop the problem before it occurs.” although we work with all animal welfare needs, we are particularly focused on cat over-population. Euthanasia and shelters are a reactive response to this problem. We are focused on finding proactive solutions that are affordable, sustainable, accepted by the community, and benefit the welfare.of the animals.
“Lead others to No Kill Communities.” When we formed our vision, ” NO More Shelters”, this represented a commitment to ending the need for both euthanasia and shelters by primarily controlling cat populations. But we do not hold this vision solely for our community, solely for the feline population, nor solely for our immediate geography. We see our long-term role as being a national resource to consult, teach, model and support communities in all geographic areas.
Note: In memory of my beloved Maine Coon cat, Little Minx, this week’s Senior Sunday post will include senior cats!
From Biz New Orleans
Peggy Eagan, 89, has quite a pedigree. Ms. Eagan said her Uptown New Orleans home once housed a menagerie of pets including dogs, cats and a canary. Now, a resident at the Christwood Retirement Community in Covington, Louisiana, Eagan said her independent living apartment is almost purrrfect.
“I’d love the chance to get a cat because it helps the loneliness when life has changed as much as mine has,” said Eagan. “If I had a cat, something would be waiting for me at my door when I come home.”
Eagan may soon become the caregiver to a senior Calico, Tabby or Tortie, thanks to the Big Sky Ranch CATNIP Foundation’s “Seniors For Seniors” cat adoption program.
The Northshore nonprofit just put its paws on a PetSmart Charities $10,750 grant that sweetened the kitty for the fledgling program designed to bring senior cats and senior citizens together forever.
Big Sky Ranch’s “Seniors For Seniors” pet companion and adoption program is a rare breed. It actively helps cats nearing the end of their nine lives land on their feet by pairing healthy, senior cats, six years and older with appropriate temperaments, with seniors at independent, assisted living and memory care centers. The PetSmart Charities grant will help facilitate the special adoptions with reduced adoption fees and an adoption starter kit, complete with basic supplies designed for senior cat owners with easy-to-use tools to feed and care for new pets.
All senior cats available for this program are fully vetted, spayed or neutered, vaccinated and microchipped prior to adoption, Dr. Wilbert said. Some are adopted by senior facilities to be shared among the populace as a working therapy cat.
The grant will also fund Big Sky Ranch’s new senior living center for its older cats, allowing the sanctuary to provide a home for these adoptable cats until they find a loving home of their own.
“The ultimate impact of this ‘Seniors For Seniors’ program will not only save the lives of senior animals, but will make a dramatic difference in the lives, health and overall happiness of seniors,” Dr. Wilbert said of her 501c3 pet project. “Our goal is to place at least 15 senior cats the first year and to document, through feedback of caregivers, the many health benefits that studies have shown to be correlated with cat ownership.”
Great-grandmother Eagan said she’s not too finicky about what she plans to name a new cat. She wants to get to know its personality first.
Big Sky Ranch: ‘Seniors For Seniors’ contact links
To learn about all the dogs, that the Big Sky Ranch: Catnip Foundation has available for adoption, click the following links:
* Big Sky Ranch: Seniors For Seniors – Website
* Big Sky Ranch: Seniors For Seniors – Facebook
* Big Sky Ranch: Seniors For Seniors – Catnip Rescue
* Big Sky Ranch: Seniors For Seniors – All Available Pets
Interactive Map of Senior Dog Rescues, Sanctuaries and Special Programs
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