Elderly Cats Saved Thanks to Cat Retirement Village

by Britt
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Animal shelters and rescue organizations often struggle to find homes for older cats, leaving them at risk for euthanasia. However, a UK rescue is stepping up to address this growing problem and offer a new ray of hope for senior cats caught up in the rescue world.

Shropshire Cat Rescue is a large regional cat rescue and rehoming organization that has been providing shelter, veterinary care, and compassion for stray, abandoned, and otherwise “unwanted” cats since 1989.

Recognizing the growing number of elderly cats needing assistance during their most vulnerable years, the organization decided to create a sanctuary specifically for these aging kitties. Known as the Retirement Village, it consists of six luxury cat chalets, each designed to house up to four cats. Additionally, a larger house, called “Moggies Mansion,” extends the number of lives they can change.

Cats housed in the Retirement Village are weighed and vet-checked weekly, allowing the organization to provide for all their medical needs. They are also groomed as needed.

“The shelter was intended to create an area for cats who were too elderly or had ongoing health conditions that needed regular treatment and monitoring to live out their days in comfort,” explained Susie, a volunteer vet with the organization.

Each of the cat chalets features comfortable beds with cozy pillows and blankets, litterboxes, and shelter from the elements. A cat door on the front allows the cats to explore outside in the Retirement Village, where they can bask in the sunshine and enjoy the fresh air. Plus, once a month local children visit the sanctuary to spend time with the cats, reading to them and providing much-needed socialization.

“It also opened the door for people who had elderly cats and were going into a nursing home and couldn’t take them with them,” explained Susie. “It gives a different option and eases a stressful upsetting time by finding somewhere the cats could live out their final days.”

Occasionally, cats from the Retirement Village are adopted into new homes, but most of the residents will live out the remainder of their lives happy and healthy under the organization’s care.

While the Shropshire Cat Rescue’s Retirement Village is located in the UK, there are other similar sanctuaries operating in the United States. In Lutz, Florida, Terry and Bruce Jenkins created their own retirement community, Cats Cradle, in their backyard. This community began with a repurposed children’s “Frontierland” play area, including a hotel, a general store, a saloon, and a sheriff’s office.

“Most of them have come from hardship situations, and we don’t adopt out,” explained Terry. “Our mission is to rescue senior cats that need a home.”

Since they created their retirement community, the couple has rescued and cared for over 350 cats, providing them with the best possible quality of life during their golden years. The cats come into their care largely through veterinarian’s offices and private homes when their owners are no longer able to provide care for their beloved furry family members.

You can make a donation on their website or join their Guardian Angels program, committing to monthly donations to access 24-hour live streaming of the cats.

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Britt Kascjak is a proud pet mom, sharing her heart (and her home) with her “pack” which includes her husband John, their 2 dogs – Lucifer and Willow – and their 2 cats – Pippen and Jinx. She has been active in the animal rescue community for over 15 years, volunteering, fostering and advocating for organizations across Canada and the US. In her free time, she enjoys traveling around the country camping, hiking, and canoeing with her pets.

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