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Nicki commented on Caring Paws Assisted Living

Intriguing concept! I think the success of therapy pet programs for the elderly (such as the one my childhood dog participated in: http://www.animalsasia.org/index.php?UID=OKQ8LSWQKS8) suggests that providing stronger relationships with pets could be beneficial for the mental and physical wellbeing of nursing home residents. Perhaps an additional option for residents could be group foster care/adoption, in order to reduce their workload while still maintaining a sense of responsibility and ownership (and perhaps also encouraging human relationships between co-adopters)? Another potential model to explore for Caring Paws might be a third-party service that connects existing nursing homes with rescue shelters, while also providing management for all the fun activities and events.