Welcome to Touched by an Animal & Cats-Are-Purrsons-Too!
Our Mission & Ministry
Cats-Are-Purrsons-Too Incorporated in Illinois in 1989, Cats-Are-Purrsons-Too began as a safe haven in the home of Sister Marijon Binder for cats that elderly neighbors could no longer keep because of changing life situations. As word spread, "neighbors" from all over Chicago and the Northern/Northwest suburbs began to call begging for board for their beloved companion cats during a short term hospital or nursing home stay, and/or to keep them if/when the person died. At the same time it seems that little catnip calling cards in secret felines language were being passed around in alleys and dumping grounds where cats and kittens were in desperately unsafe situations. "We" (numbering no more than two or three soft-hearted, dedicated volunteers) responded to as many nowhere-else-to-turn elderly callers and endangered felines as we could.
Touched by an Animal
Volunteers help the elderly/disabled care for their companion animals (cats, dogs, birds, fish) in their homes in whatever way is needed so that they can continue living together. This can mean a daily visit to walk a dog, or weekly to change a cat's litter box. We also provide pet food, veterinary care, and home visits or boarding for the pet while the person is in a hospital or rehabilitation facility. When permitted, we will bring the animal to visit or let them "talk" on the telephone (which both person and cat frequently do).
Sometimes we are asked to bring a cat to a lonely, elderly person whose own cat may have died or who simply needs a "live-in companion." If the match is a good one, we leave the cat with the person for as long as desired, but we retain responsibility of ownership and provide food, vet card, occasional visits, and assurance that we will take the cat back when needed.
Usually such assistance to elderly and/or disabled persons begins with a telephone call from a hospital social worker, medical care provider, agency for the aged, or family member/friend who know of our services. Our relationship with the person and companion animals usually lasts for years, until the person passes. Their passing is with greater peace knowing that beloved feline companions can live their lives with us (dogs and birds are placed in no-kill shelters or individual homes). During the time shared between a volunteer and their charges interaction extends beyond animal care in ways that enrich the lives of all involved. Truly, we have all been touched by an animal quietly sitting on a windowsill or wagging its tail at the door, or chirping a happy song. Each touch on the surface of ordinary lives sets off unending ripples of unimagined blessings.