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Cello's first therapy visit!!

post #1 of 20
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Today Cello had his first visit at an elderly residence as a therapy pet! He was A STAR!! I was so proud of him. It was a really nice relaxed set-up, we had two dogs, cello and a rabbit and we kind of just let them wander around from person to person. At one point Cello jumped onto some elderly gentelmans lap which scared me because he weighs 16 pounds! But the guy loved it, Cello sat there for 30 minutes being stroked and we talked about the war (which I know very little about) but it was really nice! Lot's of people had stories about siamese they knew and I think Cello loved the attention I was so proud of him! We are doing another visit next week! This has been really helping him get used to dogs which I appreciate!

Just wanted to share
post #2 of 20
That is So wonderful Way to go Cello
post #3 of 20
That is great!!Yay Cello
post #4 of 20
Well done Cello!
post #5 of 20
Yay, Cello!!!!! Whoooo!!!! I bet that made the older gentleman's day!
post #6 of 20
That's wonderful.
It's funny my Mom was just asking yesterday if I though one of my cats would want to go visit my grandmother's assisted living facility. She thought Jordan, but Jordan can be unpredicatble, but I trust Levi not to attack anyone. My Mom has to find out more though because they are not certified therapy pets. If that is required I'm not sure either of them would pass.
post #7 of 20
Cello rocks! That is so awesome.
post #8 of 20
What a wonderful thing for both and you and Cello to be be a part of
Cello sounds like an amazing cat
post #9 of 20
Wow, that sounds so cool. How does one become a therapy cat?
post #10 of 20
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Thanks for the comments everyone!

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Originally Posted by rahma View Post
Wow, that sounds so cool. How does one become a therapy cat?
For Cello, I looked into a program at the local SPCA. THey require cats over the age of 2, and up to date with all their shots. Animals have to be harness trained. Then you go in for an assessment, and basically they see how the cat is being held, passed from person to person, in large crowds, around other animals (ie. a neutral dog) how they respond to loud noises etc. Then if they pass the assessment they are in and can go to organized visits with other volunteers and pets to different places around the community.
post #11 of 20
That's wonderful! I'm glad Cello took to it so well and I'm sure he brightened everybody's day.
post #12 of 20
That's awesome!
post #13 of 20
That is wonderful. I used to take my Toy Pom Sophie in to see My MIL . She lived in a care home. The people would go crazy just to pet her. So many of them would started telling stories of pets they had. I am so glad Cello did so well.
post #14 of 20
Giving Cello's and your time with the elderly is one of the most awesome things to do! It's great to hear that people do that! Great that Cello is so good at it too!
post #15 of 20
Cello's such a wonderful kitty Its marvellous of you to have thought of this idea and went through with it as well, I'm sure the old folks really appreciated Cello's and your visit. I bet they are already looking forward to the next one!
post #16 of 20
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Originally Posted by lmunsie View Post
For Cello, I looked into a program at the local SPCA. THey require cats over the age of 2, and up to date with all their shots. Animals have to be harness trained. Then you go in for an assessment, and basically they see how the cat is being held, passed from person to person, in large crowds, around other animals (ie. a neutral dog) how they respond to loud noises etc. Then if they pass the assessment they are in and can go to organized visits with other volunteers and pets to different places around the community.
thanks so much for the info! I knew that there were therapy dogs, but hadn't even thought about therapy cats. I'm going to start looking for organizations in my area to see if the Squeakster would do well at that.
post #17 of 20
Way to go Cello!

Rahma, not just small animals, but llamas, and ponies and miniature horses have become theraphy animals as well.
post #18 of 20
I've started researching and found this:

https://www.deltasociety.org

There's a calendar that lists training classes across the country. I emailed the contact in the twin cities for more information
post #19 of 20
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I've started researching and found this:

https://www.deltasociety.org

There's a calendar that lists training classes across the country. I emailed the contact in the twin cities for more information
That's amazing!!! Keep us updated!!! It's such a good thing to do if your kitty doesn't mind tooo much
post #20 of 20
That is awsome, I bet cellow made some people very happy
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