Seniors for Seniors Foster Program  

There is a distinct advantage for senior citizens to have a pet in their life.  The simple act of petting an animal can help lower blood pressure, companionship helps decrease depression and loneliness and the responsibility of caring for another creature often is what gets seniors motivated to be more active.  Often times senior citizens are reluctant to adopt for fear of becoming incapacitated while having a pet and not having anyone to take on the responsibility when they are no longer able.

The program is a FOSTER opportunity for the senior citizen to take in an adult cat.  The cat remains in the senior home until the senior wishes to return the cat to Sheltering Hands.  The cat remains the property of Sheltering Hands so medical needs* are provided through our normal health care channels.  The senior provides the food, housing and love.  With more personalized attention from the senior “foster”  the cat is less stressed and can live out its life in comfort.

The cat is matched with the senior based upon the senior application and interview.  Regular communication with the program volunteer is provided to answer any problems or questions that arise.  

If you are a senior interested in adding a senior kitty to your home:
Click here to fill out an application online
Click here to download and print an application 

Please email the completed application to with the 
word SENIORS in the subject line.

* Sheltering Hands provides the basic medical needs of the foster animals. We have limited resources and may not be able to treat all conditions, in the event of certain serious illnesses or injuries, the veterinarian staff may need to decide on humane euthanasia.