It's a genius pairing: itty-bitty orphaned kittens need round-the-clock bottle feedings to survive, and a group of seniors has plenty of love to share.The Pima Animal Care Center in Tucson, Arizona, teamed up with Catalina Springs Memory Care in an effort to save the little felines and enrich the lives of their human caregivers.
The residents there help with bottle feeding, socializing and simply spending time with the kittens, that are often just a few days old.
“To some it may seem peculiar at first: Residents who are in need of around-the-clock care themselves, given the task to care for these young kittens,” Catalina Springs Memory Care Executive Director Sharon Mercer, said in a release.
“But there are skills, emotions and needs that do not just leave a person with dementia or Alzheimer’s. The desire to give love and receive love remains. The kittens have given us the opportunity to nurture this human condition that lies in each and every one of our residents.”
Peaches and Turtle, two stray littermates, were the first to go through the program. Here's a look at some of their new friends helping feed, snuggle and spend time with them.