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My mother-in- law is 90 years old. She is in advanced assisted living home with some dementia. When we would go to see her,we would find her sitting in her chair watching tv and never going out of her room except for meals. The staff there was worried about her mental status which was making her decline physically. We constantly would hear her say that she wished God would take her.
Undenounced to her, I enlisted Jessica N. and Sally from the Veterinary department, Jessica H. from the Offsite Adoption department and Cary and Sue P from Cat Enrichment to help me find an older adult cat to adopt for her to keep her company. Her facility allows pet and gave me permission to do this for her. He had to be calm and friendly. Sally came up to me one day and said that I had to look at this orange tabby that had come in as a stray. He was very thin, about 9 years old and looked so sad. We all fell in love with him as his personality started to come out as he awaited stray time amd visited with him more than once a day.
After a week, he became available for adoption and Jessica H. and myself started buying all the needed supplies for him.
My husband started taking the cat's new belongings to her apartment so she could get used to having a cat with her. She had always had cats since childhood but had not had one for at least 15 years. The big day came and the director of the facility was with us when we hung the, "Be Careful, there is a cat inside" sign on her door. We took Newton (his new name) into her apartment and let him loose in the living room. We showed him where his food and liter box was and the two cat trees and toys and beds we had bought (he is a tad spoiled). He began to explore his new surroundings.
The change in my mother- in -law was amazing. She became more alert, started going to activities in the facility, making friends and making sure that Newton who she just calls Kitty is the main topic. She is constantly watching him and making sure he does not leave her room. The nurses and aides all have treats on them and many months later, he has become kind of plump. We will go into her room and find them both asleep together in the chair. He sleeps next to every night and chirps at her when she asks him a question. She constantly is smiling now and telling anybody who will listen (including the cat), that she loves him so much.
The power of an animal. The never ending love they give has made her final years happy and loving. He made her feel again. He made her have purpose and he made her have love.
With your donations to Paws in the Park, we can find these special animals homes that are that special and can help make a difference to someone- like my mother in law.
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