Cats for Companionship Program Unites Homebound Seniors with Furry Friends

Some seniors in Bay City, Mich. who might be feeling a bit lonely now have the opportunity to take on a furry companion, free of charge. The Cats for Companionship program is the brainchild of Kati Loiselle and is supported by the Humane Society of Bay County. Loiselle, 28, had the idea for the program while in her senior year at Saginaw Valley State University’s social work program. At the time, she was interning at the Commission on Aging in Saginaw.

Looking for an organization that would support the project, Loiselle contacted the Humane Society. The organization loved the idea, said representative Sherry Nelson. The project sees the Humane Society placing adult cats with homebound senior citizens, reducing feline euthanasia while implementing health benefits to their human caregivers. Health perks associated with animal companionship include lower blood pressure, eased anxiety and stress, and reduced depression, as well as the obvious affection and entertainment. The Humane Society provides basic tools like litter boxes, toys, and food and water dishes. The agency also covers sterilization and vaccination costs. Once a cat is placed, a volunteer checks up on the adopter on a monthly basis.

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David Wingate is an elder law attorney at the Elder Law Office of David Wingate, LLC. The elder law office services clients with powers of attorneys, living wills, Wills, Trusts, Medicaid and asset protection. The Elder Law office has locations in Frederick and Montgomery Counties, Maryland.

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