The Fort McMurray SPCA is relaunching its 9 lives senior pet companionship program.
The initiative partnership with the St. Aidan’s Society and Wood Buffalo Housing, pairs older animals in the shelter with seniors in our community.
FMSPCA executive director Arianna Johnson says the program offers the opportunity for seniors and animals to spend their days together in a way that might not be possible without such a program.
“Permanent foster programs like this one are a great opportunity for a shared forever home that overcomes barriers and brings warmth and love into their lives.”
St. Aidan’s says pet ownership for seniors has a multitude of benefits, including decreasing feelings of loneliness and isolation.
Henry Hunter, President and CEO of Wood Buffalo Housing says the program is already making a difference.
“We are so happy to partner with St. Aidan’s and the FMSPCA on this initiative for our seniors in Araubasca House and Legion Manor. The greatest part is seeing the smiles on the seniors’ faces when they first meet their new companion and the bond that develops almost instantly.”
So far, five cats have been placed.
Trudy Tanner is one recipient of a feline friend, Cullen.
“I needed a pet after losing mine and to my door came Cullen. A big, soft, beautiful, gentle cuddle buddy. A perfect companion for me. This placement was a great win-win.”
There is now a waiting list – with the SPCA working on additional placements.