WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW!
- A Canadian woman has helped 100 senior citizens find new homes for their pets through her nonprofit, My Grandfather’s Cat, which she created after taking in her own grandfather’s cat.
- Angela Rafuse’s charity connects pets with families who are a good fit for the animal and the senior. The senior has the opportunity to interview the family, and the adoptees can stay in touch with the new owner who will share updates.
- My Grandfather’s Cat has brought peace of mind to many pet owners and given Angela a new sense of purpose in life.
Angela Rafuse, a Canadian woman, created My Grandfather’s Cat, a nonprofit that helps senior citizens re-home their pets. After taking in her grandfather’s cat, Mackenzie, she realized there was a need for a service that helps pets and seniors find the right family fit. The charity has facilitated adoptions for 100 pets so far, and many families and seniors stay in touch with updates.
“It gives me so much purpose in life,” Angela says.
The process is simple: seniors are referred to My Grandfather’s Cat by care homes or shelters, they submit an application, and the team then writes a profile to post on social media. They then interview people who might be interested, and find out who is a good fit. The senior has the opportunity to interview the family, and the adoptees can stay in touch with the new owner who will share updates.
The charity has helped many seniors who were either terminally ill or wishing to enter a retirement home.
“We helped her find a new home for her cats, Koko and Lily, and she chose a lovely multi-generational home with two seniors, their daughter, and grandson. She passed away knowing her best friends had the best home,” Angela says.
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