The Cat Protection Society of Victoria has recently changed its adoption policy to allow those living in aged-care facilities to adopt their homeless cats. The change was implemented after the success of their most recent program that introduced shelter cats into aged-care facilities for short-term visits.
Previously, the Cat Protection Society’s policy outlined that its animals were only allowed to leave the shelter with their primary carer, and no third-party representative. Since mid-August, with the consent of the aged-care facility and a next-of-kin who is willing and able to assist in the care of the cat, elderly residents have been able to help re-home a cat of their own.
Shelter manager, Jacqui Foley, coordinator of the aged-care program, says it is really beautiful to see the way having a cat around causes the faces of those living in aged care to light up.
“It gives them an interest in their day. Going into a home can be very confronting—you don’t have the same company or lifestyle that you’re used to… animals really do help calm and relax you,” Foley said.
Since 2018, Foley has made numerous visits to aged-care facilities, with requests continuing to flood in from all over Melbourne.
At the Cat Protection Society of Victoria, it costs $135 to adopt a kitten, $100 for a teenager and $80 for an adult cat, which includes desexing and microchipping (helping to control future cat populations by reducing the overall number of stray cats), current vaccination, worming, de-fleaing, and health cover for two weeks.