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A Purrfect Partnership: Seniors and Newborn Kittens Nurture One Another

Both animal shelters and elderly care facilities do incredible work, answering major demands with often limited resources. And when you put the two together? Compassion simply overflows.


That is certainly the case in this look at the collaboration between Pima Animal Care Center and Catalina Springs Memory Care Center, which facilitates mutually beneficial, loving relationships between newborn kittens and senior humans. Each side of this partnership has particular needs. For the animal shelter, their small staff struggles to keep up with the demands of newborn kittens, who need round-the-clock care, including bottle feedings every few hours. And for the senior center, companionship and simple yet engaging activities are among the residents' ongoing needs. You may see where this is going...

The folks living at Catalina Springs Memory Care Center provide wonderful foster care for Pima's tiny, needy kittens; and the warm furry animals bring joy and even the recollection of lost memories to their human companions. Caretakers from both facilities recognize how uniquely perfect this partnership has been.

"This was by far the most special thing I've ever been involved with," says Pima's Karen Hollish. She also notes that because these tiny cats receive so much love, touch, and socialization during this visits to Catalina Springs, they are extra prepared to adjust to live with their adoptive families. Not all kitties are so lucky, but this partnership is truly one for the ages!

This HooplaHa original video is produced by Tracy Chevrier and shot/edited by David Icely. To see more inspiring videos like this, visit our YouTube channel and our Facebook page.

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