The Pima Animal Care Center is calling the program “Bottle Babies,” and it is helping senior citizens in more ways than one. These orphaned kittens require 24/7 care – something that the rescue center needs a lot of help with – and allows the seniors to help the kittens while helping themselves. Many of the residents previously had trouble completing even the smallest tasks on their own, but since participating in the program, find themselves living a new life in just moments.
We have noticed that [in] interacting with the kittens, we have residents who struggled with putting complete sentences together, or struggled to find words, could all of a sudden communicate. They could look at you and say, ‘This kitten is hungry’ or ‘I love this little baby.'” Rebecca Hamilton, the health service director of Catalina Springs Memory Care about the effects of the kittens on the residents.
The feeling of being useful can be the best remedy for patients who suffer from Alzheimer’s or Dementia, and the kittens are feeling the effects of this new program. They have doubled in size and grown stronger in just a short time.
The desire to give love and receive love remains. The kittens have given us the opportunity to nurture this human condition that lies in each and every one of our residents.” Says Executive Director Sharon Mercer.
And we hope that more facilities will welcome animals into their programs as it obviously helps everyone involved.