When we have animals and love them unconditionally we know the impact they have in our lives. The impact is not only on us it also impacts our animals. The felines at Grateful Hearts Rescue get a chance to share their love with others. Many of the felines in our rescue come from off the streets needing the extra love while also becoming familiar with human touch. This program provides that. We partner twice a month with a Dementia and Alzheimer’s facility where we bring our fosters to meet patients. Many of these patients do not get out of bed on a daily basis. Most of them are in wheelchairs and many have trouble speaking. Even with some of our felines struggling with socialization, they still know why they are there.
Our outreach program gives patients a reason to get out of bed. Many of them come with smiles on their faces and wanting to pet their feline friend. Some patients are even brought to tears with the comfort and love these animals provide. Some of our felines are apprehensive at first, yet quickly settle into their role of companionship.
All of our felines involved in the program are fully vetted for the safety of the patients and felines. They all have their own harness and leash to ensure their safety. As our program grows, we would like to add more felines to our visits. We are always looking for volunteers to help when we do visits. If you would like more information on how to get involved or have our felines visit your facility please email firstname.lastname@example.org.