Sanctuaries for the elderly

Sanctuaries for the elderly

Blue Bell Foundation for Cats

The Blue Bell Foundation for Cats is nestled on the leafy hillside of the winding Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach, California. It has space for 60 residents and, thanks to animal lover Bertha Yergat, who founded the organization and made her beautiful property at Laguna Canyon available for this purpose in the late 1980s, offers the care of older cats in a quiet, forever home environment. Pamela Knudsen, who is in charge of communication for the organization, says: “There is a designated cat dining room and spacious sleeping and nap accommodation throughout the house with dedicated seating, a bunk bed and sofas, all with steps for easy access, especially for cats with arthritis. There is also a special area of ​​the property reserved for cats with special medical needs. “And safe, enclosed outdoor areas allow cats to take naps in the sunshine and enjoy the sounds of nature. Most residents come to Blue Bell when their pet parents die, explains Pamela. “Our Lifetime Care program fee per cat is $ 7,500 and covers housing, medical care, food, and lots of love from staff and volunteers. Cats have also come to us when their pet parents need to move into assisted living or when they are sick and can no longer look after their pets. We also provide permanent homes for non-adoptable older cats with special needs, ”she adds. The Community Cat Fund covers the cost of the non-adoptable senior home cats that live at Blue Bell. More at

Hearts purring cat guards

Jeanmarie Schiller-McGinnis, founder and president of Hearts That Purr Feline Guardians, bought 8 hectares of land in 2013 in Tucson, Arizona, which is retreating into a desert landscape. There are currently 25 cats living in this old people’s home. The organization also oversees older cats who live in private homes as part of their senior care program. Jeanmarie explains: “You are not adopting the cat. Ownership of the cat remains with Hearts That Purr, and we retain responsibility for all veterinary care, including transportation. First, we supply all of the essentials a new cat needs, such as a litter box, scratching post, food bowls and toys. In essence, as part of our foster care contract, the foster parent offers one of our cats a safe home, a warm lap, love and attention for the rest of their life. “Hearts That Purr Feline Guardians only accept older cats who have become homeless due to their owner’s death, illness, or incapacity for work. It will also intervene if a cat has already been given to a city shelter. The average age of the residents is 17 years, while the oldest resident was 24 years old. Visit for more information.

CATS Cradle Shelter

The CATS Cradle Shelter in Fargo, North Dakota offers a care program for older cats so that they can spend their care in a typical home environment. “The carers for our older cats receive everything they need for the cats in their care, such as litter boxes, steps or thick beds,” says co-founder and managing director Gail Ventzke. “There’s a resident senior named Burbank who’s our office cat at the shelter,” says Gail. “She is almost 20 years old and has kidney failure. When she came to us, our vet said she didn’t think she would survive a week because she was so sick and thin. That was a year and a half ago. She is still happily camping in her bed next to the main switch, loved and very spoiled by everyone. “CATS Cradle works with donations that also cover their high specialty veterinary diets and medication bills. Check out

Belleglen Sanctuary

Established 21 years ago, this sanctuary is home to 35 to 40 cats. Two-thirds of the current residents are over 12 years old and four of them are 16. “Belleglen will adopt cats in special circumstances, but most of them have health problems and are not really adoptable,” said Donna Kemp, Belleglen President. “Typically we are dealing with kidney failure, chronic bowel syndrome, stomatitis, chronic heart failure, diabetes and arthritis.” As in other senior cat residences, the sanctuary focuses on creature comforts with ramps for easy access to litter boxes and cat furniture of varying heights, as well as a wide variety of washable cat beds. To cover the costs, the sanctuary has sponsors for individual cats for whom they receive individual information and pictures. The website also tells you how to buy and sell on E-Bay and benefit the sanctuary. You will also be identified on Amazon Smile as the organization of your choice. More at

Milos Sanctuary and Special Needs Cat Rescue

“Cats come to us from all walks of life, rescue in the eleventh hour from shelters where they are listed for euthanasia, and are flown to us from Egypt, Turkey and even Mexico,” said Michele Hoffman, president of Milo’s Sanctuary, Inc . (aka Trueheart Haven) in Burbank, California. “We often work with other local rescuers who have a cat with special needs and give them two of our adoptable cats in exchange for one of their special needs cats.” Michele explains that it gives the adoptable cats a chance to find a forever home and free space for a rescue that may not be able to meet long-term special needs. Seniors are approximately 16 years of age and older. The team provides ramps for cats to access couches and window sills, as well as low access litter boxes. Two fully enclosed cats are accessible to any special need or older cat so they can safely go outside, bathe in the sunshine, and listen to the birds. The organization works exclusively with donations. More at

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