Tenth Life Cat Companions at Work
Stories and triumphs from our volunteers
It's inevitable that when you bring cats and humans together, a certain kind of magic will occur. Please check in frequently to read updates and heartwarming stories from our TLCC volunteers as they bring feline joy to those who need it most!
Scotty had a wonderful time this weekend on his Tenth Life Cat Companions visit to Epworth Children & Family Services! He had his little purr-motor running full-speed for the youth there, and he brought them lots of joy.
The young people at Epworth told our volunteers that they really wish they could adopt a dorm cat, so the time the TLCC crew does get to spend with them really means a lot. Some of the youth had no idea how much they loved cats until they met our TLCC team. They always ask when we will be back and say "but you just got here!" when it's time to go.
The dorm visited by our volunteers has the highest level of security and care, so these kids have come from some of the most challenging home situations. Some have been at Epworth so long, or in and out so many times, that they remember all the way back to TLCC veterans Gus and Quita as kittens in 2013.
Our volunteers are so glad to be able to bring some fluffy joy and peaceful moments to these youth in need.
After today's visit, we heard "it was so dear of you to spend time with N- today... he has been in that room for eight years. His wife is such a dear, but N- has very few choices in his life and today he was smiling on a Soul Level! Also, H- at the end of the hall has been in a circular brain pattern for months, and she was present for three cats, and she is usually very unhappy... and she was smiling in her own way today! Thank you for all the blessings!"
Rachael, the TLCC coordinator also reported, "B- woke up, talked, and ate more than she had all week. She is recovering from surgery and has been very out of it. The cats bring her so much joy." Another woman "doesn't talk much either - we would have never known! Her friend mentioned that it was amazing how certain things could bring her back and cats were one of them."
After a visit to one of our frequented facilities today, we received the following message:
"I went to see V- today and the cat people, a lovely nurse and gentleman, were there! The residents were buzzing like bees..they all came out of their rooms and wanted to hold the cats...Your volunteers were fabulous, so kind, and patient...telling stories of the cats...It was heart warming! We need more cats and volunteers please...three cats for twenty people...they will sleep good tonight! They came at eleven, right before lunch, and everyone was smiling and stayed even when lunch was ready...It was a dream come true!!!!! Thank you so much! Rev. Pat"
The Tenth Life Cat Companions never rest! Even on a holiday weekend, the kitties and volunteers make their visits to people who need a little feline cheer and festivity. Independence Day was no exception! How can you NOT smile looking at these adorable kitties and their snazzy ensembles?
This weekend at Tower Grove Manor, Tenth Life Cat Companions volunteers witnessed an important example of how spending time with an animal engages all senses, and that visual impairments don't make an individual any less capable of truly seeing a cat.