Pet project has a calm­ing in­flu­ence

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Business -

FURRY friends are wel­come ad­di­tions at Mercy Place Lathlain.

It is one of the first aged care homes to be­come part of the Cat Haven’s Com­pan­ion Cat Pro­gram.

It means two cats, Raven and Charles, have been placed in fos­ter care as com­pan­ion an­i­mals at the home.

Ser­vice man­ager Lor­raine Wal­lis said the part­ner­ship with the Cat Haven had been hugely suc­cess­ful and res­i­dents had wel­comed the cats.

“Most homes have a pet and we’re re­ally fo­cused on cre­at­ing a home­like en­vi­ron­ment at Mercy Place Lathlain, so the cats have been a wel­come ad­di­tion,” she said.

“Pretty much all our res­i­dents love them and find them re­lax­ing to be around. It’s won­der­ful to see how much en­joy­ment they get by stroking them; they’re very calm­ing.”

Raven and Charles were the first cats to take part in the pro­gram, with other nurs­ing homes now in­volved.


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Mercy Place Lathlain res­i­dent Kath­leen Young and ser­vice man­ager Lor­raine Wal­lis.

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