Pawsitively Seniors is a cat-companion program for cats and seniors on a fixed income. The program was created by two groups coming together — Heaven Can Wait Animal Society and Nevada HAND.
Unfortunately, there are cats who have been previously adopted but later are abandoned or returned to a shelter. These shelters contact us and ask if we have cats that we would like to place into this program. We often do have senior cats available and this program becomes a life-saver for the cat and often the seniors.
Pawsitively Seniors interviews and places a senior cat with a senior living in a Nevada HAND housing property. Many of these seniors have a strong desire for companionship, and many have owned pets in the past. Owning a pet on a fixed income makes taking care of the pet’s needs difficult, which makes this program a perfect fit.
The Heaven Can Wait Animal Society Cat Coordinator conducts interviews to help find the perfect match between a senior’s lifestyle and the personality of an older cat. Once the cat is placed with the senior, the cat coordinator and a volunteer visit frequently to check on the health of the cat, and also to trim nails, and to bring food and litter. This is all free of cost to the seniors in the program.