Our Outreach Team conducts cat therapy sessions for seniors in nursing homes, students, as well as children and young adults with special needs. Through activities such as grooming, patting, playing or simply by their presence, therapy cats provide relaxation, emotional comfort and assist in physical healing. Seniors, for example, are encouraged to pick a toy and play with the cats or groom them so as to aid their mobility.
Special needs students gain social skills during their interaction with the cats and our volunteers. Cats are companions that are scientifically proven elevate poor emotional moods. The calm natures of our therapy cats also help promote the love for cats in general, replacing that fear or any misconception towards felines with acceptance.
There is no special breed of cat that is selected as a therapy cat. Our therapy cats come in all shapes and colors, and volunteers often have interesting stories to share about their felines since a majority of them are rescue cats.
Outreach Volunteers will, however, have to ensure that their cats are:
To find out more, e-mail us at outreach(at)lovekuchingproject.org