Senior to Senior Program
Here at Kim’s Nurturing Nest Animal Sanctuary we hear of so many Senior cats who have lost their human companions or are given up due to aging or medical issues. These animals are often euthanized or spend the rest of their lives alone. Older animals have so much to offer and make some of the best companions. Our Senior to Senior Foster program is all about senior citizens rediscovering the joys of having a cat in their lives. This is a long term program that helps place senior cats who are 7 years of age and older, with senior citizens who are 62 years of age or older. There is no adoption fee if you are an approved senior citizen agreeing to foster a senior cat.
When you open your heart and home to an older cat they really do show their appreciation and are likely to form a wonderful bond with their new human caretakers. It has also been shown there are many benefits to adopting an older animal.
We are trying to remove any barriers for senior people and senior cats from being together. So even though foster cats will remain with their senior person for as long as they possibly can, they will still be owned by Kim’s Nurturing Nest animal sanctuary. And can come back at anytime.
If needed, we are also offering to cover the cost of food, litter and any medical need that should arise. They will
arrive to your home with all necessary supplies. If needed, Food will be delivered twice a month and litter will be delivered once a month.
We use PrettyLitter with some of our senior cats.
PrettyLitter’s litter is designed to last longer than traditional litter. A single bag is meant to last a full month, and it eliminates moisture. This litter even changes color to notify you if your cat may have a health issue. If any alkalinity, acidity, or blood is present in your cat’s waste, the litter will change color so you can calll us right away and we can head to the vet.
Benefits of Fostering a Senior Animal
Cats and dogs provide friendship and opportunities for interacting with others which an older person may miss if family is far away or not around on a regular basis.
The company of a beloved pet has been proven to reduce depression and help people deal with loss and grief.
The quiet home of a senior citizen is the perfect match for an older animal looking for a new home and a less stressful environment.
Research suggests that companion animals, such as cats and dogs, can help improve our physical and mental health. By adopting and spending time with an animal, you may experience the benefits of lowered stress levels. Pet owners also have been found to be sick less often.
Senior animals are often a gentler, calmer companion and usually are already trained.The benefits of pets for seniors are not just psychological, but also physical. Seniors who are living with a pet use medical services less frequently, follow recommended health suggestions more closely, and seem to suffer from physical ailments associated with or aggravated by stress to a lesser degree. There is even one study which looked at men aged 55 or more who had suffered from their first heart attack which found in follow-ups of 1 to 4 years, that those individuals living with a dog were much more likely to still be alive.
If you are interested or know someone who may be interested. Please contact us at KNNrescue@gmail.com