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seriously considering getting my buttercup to be a therapy cat

Vicky ChanVicky Chan MarkhamMember Posts: 3,542
edited 23 May, 2010 in Behavior & Training
My mom rescued Buttercup from a friend's neighborhood about a month ago. He is perfect as an angel. He just wants to be with people 24-7. He adapts very well to new situations, and he'll let you do anything to him. I couldn't have found a more perfect kitty. This year I became a youth group leader and Sunday school teacher for the kids and teens at my church. I work with kids from grades 1-12 at least twice a week. I just thought it would be good for them to be around a pet, as many of them come from somewhat troubled families, and have not been properly exposed to the bright side of life. A pet would be an excellent way to teach them responsibility, love, respect, etc. The pet will also serve as some kind of an emotional support system for some of those kids. I've decided Buttercup is perfect for the job as he is so tollerant. So, how do I get started? Have any of you done this before? I know I posted about this a while ago, but I wasn't 100% certain at that time. Another thing is, how do I get my mom on board with it? These are more her cats than mine after all, and she's very cautious of letting just anyone touch her babies. thanks

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  • Vicky ChanVicky Chan MarkhamMember Posts: 3,542
    edited 27 April, 2010
    bump
  • Renee RyzRenee Ryz Member Posts: 2,164
    edited 28 April, 2010
    I commend you for wanting to do this! I would think there are Therapy Pet groups that might be able to help you. I have never done this, not do I know anyone that has. Maybe the local shelter may even know how to get info. I think the only thing to be cautious is if any kids have allergies that they don't know about. Don't give up - this is a worthwhile cause. =D>
  • Vicky ChanVicky Chan MarkhamMember Posts: 3,542
    edited 29 April, 2010
    Thanks Mazie, I will look into that. The only thing now is getting my mom to agree with it. She's very overprotective of her furkids.
  • Jane JohnstonJane Johnston NMMember Posts: 2,957
    edited 15 May, 2010
    Delta does "train" cats (or rather people) to take cats and other animals into nursing homes, etc. They also provide insurance to anybody who passes their test. The tests for cats aren't hard, things like being able to be pet anywhere, being unafraid of hospital equipment, being leash trained or able to stay in a basket or carrier of some kind. Very practical. BTW, where my mom was they had a facility cat. But Charlie did not stick around to much as I think he was wary of some of the clients with alzheimers. --des
  • Elizabeth KElizabeth K ChicagoMember Posts: 11,036
    edited 23 May, 2010
    I would suggest checking out Delta Society or Love on a Leash. They are two national therapy organizations that will register therapy cats. I am working on getting 2 of my cats to be therapy cats right now, Spot and Harlequin. :)
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