Pet project has a calming influence at Mercy Place Lathlain

Mercy Place Lathlain resident Kathleen Young and service manager Lorraine Wallis. Picture: Marie Nirme                     d446071
Mercy Place Lathlain resident Kathleen Young and service manager Lorraine Wallis. Picture: Marie Nirme d446071

FURRY friends are welcome additions at Mercy Place Lathlain.

It is one of the first aged care homes to become part of the Cat Haven’s Companion Cat Program.

It means two cats, Raven and Charles, have been placed in foster care as companion animals at the home.

Service manager Lorraine Wallis said the partnership with the Cat Haven had been hugely successful and residents had welcomed the cats.

“Most homes have a pet and we’re really focused on creating a homelike environment at Mercy Place Lathlain, so the cats have been a welcome addition,” she said.

“Pretty much all our residents love them and find them relaxing to be around. It’s wonderful to see how much enjoyment they get by stroking them; they’re very calming.”

Raven and Charles were the first cats to take part in the program, with other nursing homes now involved.