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Pawsitively Seniors – A Win-Win for Both Seniors and Older Cats and Dogs

By Carol Lisowski, HCWS Volunteer

The later years in a person’s life can be a bit lonely, but HCWS is out to change that for many men and women living in low-income senior housing.  Through our newest program, Pawsitively Seniorswe hope to provide loving, life-long companionship between a senior and an older cat or small dog.

HCWS is working with Nevada H.A.N.D, which builds low-cost housing for seniors and currently has 15 apartment complexes throughout the Valley, to launch the program to its residents.  The initial public presentation to the first complex’s residents was well attended by 30 people, and the first applications were taken. 

Nancy and Baby

A match made in Heaven, or at least through Heaven Can Wait, was the first placement through the program.  Brownie (now known as Baby) found a new home with Nancy.  They hit it off immediately and now are inseparable.  After sleeping together at night, their morning ritual begins by Nancy having coffee and reading the newspaper on the balcony while Baby watches the birds. 

HCWS will provide veterinary care, transportation, supplies, and food for the fostered animals.  Monthly visits will be made to the home to replenish supplies and monitor overall happiness of both animal and caregiver.  Should the caregiver no longer able to keep the animal, it will be returned to HCWS.

The program will function through sponsorships of the Seniors.  Please visit the HCWS website for program details.

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One Response

  1. What a wonderful program. I hope it catches on everywhere!

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