on the Friday, August 3, 2018
International Cat Day on Wednesday 8 August will have special meaning for residents living at a Lathlain-based aged care home.
That's because the seniors readily admit that living at Mercy Place Lathlain feels even more like home because of four-legged feline resident Charlie.
The friendly feline has lived at Mercy Place Lathlain for more than four years after undergoing an initial trial from the Shenton Park-based Cat Haven, where he was taken after being rescued as a stray. The home’s manager introduced him to residents, after reading how pets are beneficial to people’s health and wellbeing, particularly seniors.
Mercy Place Lathlain Service Manager, Surabh Nair, says Charlie has become a much-loved resident and has had a hugely positive impact on seniors’ well-being.
“Most homes have a pet and we’re really focused on creating a warm and comfortable environment at Mercy Place Lathlain, so Charlie is a very welcome addition,” Mr Nair says.
“Pretty much all of the residents love him and find him very relaxing to be around. In fact it’s wonderful to see how much enjoyment they get by stroking his fur, he is definitely a very calming influence and part of our community.”
International Cat Day is a day of recognition for one of humanity’s oldest and most beloved pets. The festivities were put together for the first time in 2002 by animal rights groups including the International Fund for Animal Welfare to celebrate the most popular pet on the planet.
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