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Tom the Cat Assists Dying Veterans

I do wish more animals could call assisted living facilities, nursing homes, and certain wings of hospitals a forever home.
Tom the cat is one lucky rescue kitty who is at home at Salem VA Hospice in Salem, Virginia. Tom is the one who makes the hospice feel more like home to the residents.
The companionship Tom offers to patients at Salem VA Hospice is a gift to those who are suffering.
Tom, a handsome Tabby cat, makes his rounds of the hospice unit. Tom just seems to know when he is needed.
A dying Army veteran was comforted by Tom before he passed. Tom put his paw into the veteran's hand and stayed with the veteran until the end. Elizabeth Gehlet, the Veteran's wife said, “That cat took him right to heaven. It was a beautiful passing and that cat is the one who made it happen.”
When I take our rescue pup Little Miss to my elderly dad's senior-living facility each week, the residents are overjoyed to receive sweet doggie kisses and have her head in their laps for a petting session. If Little Miss did not have a home with us, she sure would have a fine home at Dad's facility for sure.
There are so many dogs and cats in shelters who would benefit so many who are suffering in medical facilities. A win/win for sure.


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BrenndaMarie wrote on February 25, 2015, 3:48 PM

I think that they should adopt an animal shelter pet for each nursing home or place like it. Pets do wonders for many people.

LeaPea2417 wrote on February 25, 2015, 5:24 PM

That is so sweet. I did read another article about a cat who stayed in an old folks home and seemed to know who were dying and was able to be with those who passed. Animals have a sixth sense about these things. I wish more could be used in these homes.

GemstonePink wrote on February 25, 2015, 6:13 PM

I do too. A loving home for the animal and a companion for the humans. Perfect.

GemstonePink wrote on February 25, 2015, 6:14 PM

What a great benefit to humans and shelter pets alike!

GemOfAGirl wrote on February 28, 2015, 3:19 PM

I know a couple of people who are currently taking their dogs through the training needed to become therapy dogs. My sister was considering doing it for one of her dogs, but now my mom is living with her, and she's found that the dog really doesn't need the training - she's excellent company for my mom already.

Last Edited: February 28, 2015, 3:19 PM