Gemma and Nancy spread the love
Diane Butler recently wrote to tell us how one of the companion animals assisted by our project, a 7-year-old Tonkinese cat called Gemma, brings real and continuing benefits to the life of her mum, Nancy Albon.
Companion Animal Network Australia’s Positive Ageing in the Care of Animals project continues to reap great results.
Diane Butler recently wrote to tell us how one of the companion animals assisted by our project, a 7-year-old Tonkinese cat called Gemma, brings real and continuing benefits to the life of her mum, Nancy Albon, who resides at the Ozcare Ozanam Villa aged care facility, Burleigh Heads, on Queensland’s Gold Coast.
Here’s what Diane had to say:
Gemma was always a very athletic outdoors cat, so we were always a bit worried about how she would adapt to living indoors. Gemma has now been at Ozanam for over two years and, fortunately, she loves all the attention she gets from the residents and staff. She really enjoys the concerts and bus trips, and she even goes to church with Mum. She is a very blessed little cat.
Gemma sits on Mum's walker and they often go and visit the residents in high care, who respond affectionately when Gemma gives them a little kiss on the hand. She is great therapy for the people who are bed-ridden. Mum is known as the Cat Lady -- but everyone knows who Gemma is.
Mum is very content now that she has Gemma for company and they even sit up and watch TV together. Sometimes Gemma likes to play games with Mum, and it’s amazing the places she finds to hide in Mum's room or the wardrobe, as she has worked out how to open and close the doors.
Although Gemma gets plenty of exercise walking on the lead outside, we sometimes send her on a little holiday to the Catarama boarding home where she can run around in an enclosure and climb trees. However this can only be for a couple of days at a time as Mum misses her too much and starts to fret.
The family is forever grateful to Ozanam for allowing Gemma to stay with Mum as she is a great companion and she brings a lot of joy to everyone.
For more information about Australia CAN’s Positive Ageing in the Care of Animals project, go to http://petfriendlyagedcare.com.au/
Most Recent Tales
Companion Animal Network Australia urges dog owners to watch out for symptoms for deadly bacterial disease
Companion Animal Network Australia appoints first CEO in its mission to support the human-animal bond and over 30 million Aussie pets and their families
Subscribe to our Tales
Tales, the official blog of Australia CAN, is full of news from our network, updates on our advocacy efforts and heartwarming stories that celebrate the human-animal bond. Please enter your email address above so we can let you know when a new Tale has been published, and also occasionally send out other important announcements. Thanks for staying in touch!