CATS FOR SENIORS
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Who Are We?
DunRoamin’ Stray and Rescue is located in Florenceville-Bristol, NB and has operated as a registered charity since 2006. Our mandate is to help those cats and dogs who have no one to care for them – the abandoned, abused, sick, injured and/or neglected who have no other alternative for life. We focus on rescue and treatment of these strays, as well as humane education. Our ultimate goal is to place the animals in loving homes where they can contribute as valuable family members.
What is ‘Cats for Seniors’?
‘Cats for Seniors’ is a fostering program organized and maintained by DunRoamin’ Stray and Rescue. It is designed to place available and appropriately- matched cats with senior citizens in a mutually-beneficial environment and relationship.
Why Was ‘Cats for Seniors’ Developed?
There is much evidence that a companion animal has a beneficial impact on the physical and mental well-being of an individual. We have many beautiful, unowned cats in our community who are awaiting the opportunity to be that companion.
Why a Cat?
The daily needs of an adult cat are very simple: companionship, a bowl of food (dry or canned), fresh water and a clean litter box (all DunRoamin’ cats are required to be indoor cats only). Most cats will respond to your affection and be content to spend time in a caring home. The gentle purr of your cat will help you relax and their play with a simple toy can keep you amused for hours.
Many seniors would greatly enjoy and benefit from the companionship of a cat but worry about three potential problems:
Under the ‘Cats for Seniors’ program, the “ownership” of the animal remains with DunRoamin’. We are, therefore, able to provide the following:
A senior who joins the program will have the benefit of a feline companion without the worry of medical care or having to find a new home for the cat should they no longer be able to care for the pet in their home.
Who is Eligible?
During the initial phase of the project, seniors in the Florenceville-Bristol area are welcome to join our program. After that, we plan to expand into the Woodstock/Hartland area. Participants must be capable of providing for the physical needs of the cat, or have someone who is willing and able to assist them on a daily basis.
What will it cost me?
The average cost of food and cat litter is as little as $1 per day. There is no cost to join the program.
How Does the Program Work?
A DunRoamin’ volunteer will come to your home to help you prepare for your new companion.
Once you are ready, your volunteer will arrange an appointment to allow you to meet the cats selected for our program – a very important step! It is true that cats select you as much as you select them, so please allow plenty of time to meet with and get to know your potential new companion.
All cats selected for the program are spayed/neutered, vaccinated, treated for parasites and have personalities that have been evaluated to ensure they will fit quietly and lovingly into the homes and routines of the seniors.
After your cat comes home, your DunRoamin’ volunteer will visit and be in contact with you at regular intervals to ensure that you and your foster cat are happy, healthy and mutually compatible.
Our volunteer will also help with any questions or problems you might have and will act as liaison with DunRoamin’ as required.
How Do I Sign Up?
If you are interested in participating in this program, please contact DunRoamin’ at 328-3380.
Check out our website at: www.dunroaminstrayandrescue.com
"Edge" came to us from the Woodstock area on November 6, 2011. She appeared to be about a year and a half old and was a stray who wandered into the yard of a lady who had just moved to Woodstock. She had fleas, ear mites, and was so dehydrated that she had to be given IV fluids. She had a temperature, and had a mass in her stomach.
Edge had not kept any food down in 48 hours, as she vomited it back up soon after eating, but with medical assistance she's become very healthy. She was spayed on November 15th and is ready to go to a foster home or a permanent home now. She's very vocal and loves attention and affection. She'll follow you and be wherever you are for company. She's having no problem at all with her food now! She loves it! She's currently fostered by one of our student volunteers where she's in heaven!!
On November 15, 2013 Edge went to live with a senior in Hartland where she's having a ball being spoiled rotten! She's great company and they're becoming best friends very quickly. Congratulations!
"Jack" originally came to DunRoamin' as a kitten in September of 2005. He was eventually adopted, but was returned. He was then adopted out again to a loving senior citizen couple in Florenceville where he lived happily ever since. He's been well loved and cared for, but as they are unable to care for him any longer due to medical issues, he was once again returned to us. He misses his family, and they miss him terribly, but know they have done the best they possibly could for him. They hope he can find another loving home.
On November 12, 2012 Jack was chosen as the new best friend of a gentleman in Juniper under our Cats For Seniors program. He's the perfect friend and companion. Congratulations, Jack and Weldon!
"Randall" is a stray who had hung out near a home below Grand Falls for about five years. People had fed him, but were never able to get near him. They had noticed that he had not been around for about a month, and on February 6, 2012 he showed up again, but was dragging his hind end and was unable to walk. He was immediately brought for help. He had fleas and tapeworms, was dehydrated, and had never been neutered. He had numerous old wounds on his back end, perhaps as the result of an animal attack. Randall also tested positive for Feline Aids.
His lumbar spine was fused, and as he is an older cat, wear and tear has resulted in nerve damage and he is weak in his hind end. He was anaesthetized, the pus and infections were cleaned from his wounds, he was given antibiotics, intravenous fluids and was neutered. His wounds were clipped and flushed aggressively. He also underwent several courses of therapeutic laser which helped his old injuries heal and helped regain neurologic use of his hind legs. He had very little sensation in his hind end and could not walk, but his treatment helped greatly, and he can now stand and walk very comfortably.
On July 16, 2012 Randall went to live with his new friend in Woodstock as part of the DunRoamin' Cats For Seniors program. He and his best friend are now inseparable and have added greatly to each other's life. We're so happy for both of you! Congratulations!
"Gwen" came to DunRoamin' on November 26, 2014 from Riverbank where she was noticed laying on the side of the road. She did not attempt to run when approached, because she couldn't - she needed help.
Gwen was emaciated, exhausted, had fleas and earmites and was dehydrated. Her fur was covered with oil/grease which rendered it unable to keep her warm in the cold winter weather. Although she appeared to be a kitten because of her size, she had been born about May, 2012. She had obviously had a very hard life and she deserves the best we can give her. Gwen was in very bad shape. Her vet did everything possible for her, including introducing IV fluids, good meds and good nutrition - she received the best of care.
By December 17, 2014, Gwen had gained a whole pound! Way to go!! She looks great, loves people, loves to knead and purr and loves to be held. Food, warmth and a little love go a very long way! Now if she could just get a loving home . . . she's been through a lot and deserves the best.
Since April 23, 2015, Gwen is very fortunate and grateful to be loved and cared for by a couple from Woodstock as part of our Cats For Seniors Program. We're grateful that she has this opportunity. Thanks to her family for giving her the love and warm home that she deserves!
"Bertie" came to us from the Plaster Rock area on December 1, 2014. She had peed inappropriately and was no longer wanted so was given to a shelter. She was found to be pregnant and scheduled for surgery, but when her surgery was begun it was obvious there were serious complications, so she became a ward of DunRoamin' so she could undergo the additional procedures required to save her.
It was learned that while pregnant, she had been bitten by an animal who ripped a hole in her stomach. She had sustained damage to herself and her two fetuses who were unable to survive and as a result had caused injury to her. Bertie's vet was able to perform surgery to save her life and she is now perfectly fine. She was born about December 1, 2012.
Bertie is a beautiful, affectionate little girl who is grateful for the medical assistance. She is very outgoing and friendly.
As of April 23, 2016, she is a Cats For Seniors cat where she enjoys the company of Gwen (see above) and her two seniors who dote on them both each minute of every day. Just the life you have always desired and definitely the life you both deserve! Congratulations!
"Auricle" originally came to DunRoamin' from the Weston area on March 12, 2016. She had wandered into a dooryard and the lady saw that she needed medical help. She had injuries on her ears, paw pads and the tip of her tail. She was also skinny and dehydrated. She quickly received all the medical care she required.
Auricle was born about May 15, 2013. Despite her physical condition, she purred up a storm. She's a real sweetheart. She is the first to roll, head butt and climb on your lap when you enter. She's very social and playful.
On July 10, 2016, she was adopted, but was too much kitty for the family's young kittens. She returned to us and is awaiting a family of her own.
On August 14, 2016, Auricle joined a senior citizen in Florenceville as part of our Cats For Seniors Program. Congratulations, Auricle!
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