Companion cats have been a staple at Burquitlam Lions Care Center since the 1990's. Now with a new recreation manager, the administration made the decision to remove the 4 remaining companion cats that have lived in the home since some of them were kittens, providing, love and giving the seniors a sense of home within a care facility. These cats are all healthy , have had veterinary care, provided free of charge to the BLCC. They had a large pet store company that was willing to donate food and litter for the remaining life of the cats, also free. This managment team has not listened to the voices of the residents , or the family advocates speaking on behalf of the elders, most all are in favour of keeping the cats. My own mother said " it is like taking her pet away from her. All the staff get to go home a see their pets, while she has to stay in the home, day in and day out, now her beloved pet is being removed for no reason." This mangement team does not want to hear the benefits of companion animals and seniors. They want to push their agenda through and didn't want to have any opposition! Please sign this petition, for one day you too may be in a care home, then what.
This statment has been slightly edited to be specificaly factual. (4 cats not 6) also the pet therapy has been in place much longer than we originally knew. Almost 20 yrs not 12!!