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Senior to Senior Program

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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. 

Meet our Senior to Senior cats needing homes!

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Klaus

Klaus is an elderly cat, likely over ten years old. He is needing a home after previously living as a feral cat with a family whose mom had passed away. He is a bit timid with people before he gets to know them but he loves to be combed. Once he gets to know people, he is warm and sweet. He would fit perfectly in a senior home with a constant companion.

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Cole

Cole was found abandoned out by the Oakland airport in the industrial area and due to a previous trauma before being taken in to the Sanctuary, he is one of our special warriors. The trauma broke his pelvises and rehealed to obstruct his ability to have a bowel movement. After successful surgery he is now doing well but requires daily medicine to soften his stool to a soft consistency so that he can go the bathroom. He is the cutest black cat who loves to purr and be cuddled once he gets to know you. His missing couple teeth and lower lip give him the cutest character. Cole would do best in a senior to senior home for a constant companion.

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Luke

Luke came to us emaciated with elevated liver enzymes and anemia due to being infested by fleas. He had lived in a hoarder's house for the last 10-12 years. Since his time at the Sanctuary he’s been eating well, gaining weight, and sharing SO much love. He has opened up, loves to purr, and loves to get close to you. He would do best with being adopted by a senior for constant companionship.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Meet our Recent Senior to Senior Cats!

Meet Jack and Rocket!

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The Sanctuary had two recent additions to the Senior to Senior program, 2-12 year old cats whose guardian passed away last month. They were matched with a senior lady in Pleasant Hill looking for a companion. Before being taken home, they were seen by the vet and checked out, and are now enjoying their new family. 

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