Dogs have long been used as therapy and guide animals for handicapped people. In the past few years, cats have also been discovered as a wonderful addition to a therapy community - autistic children, elderly in nursing homes, and elderly parents who live alone.
Ragdoll cats in particular show a particular affinity to this companionship. They form a quick bond, and show a loyalty to the owners and prove as seen below to be a wonderful asset. I am very happy to be one of the first breeders to begin offering my retirees to this community in particular. I have been approached by social workers and administrators alike for information on this breed as therapy animals.
Brimley has been working as a therapy pet for 2 years now. He first went with Hazel to a special needs school. When his temperment proved to be exceptional, he entered a certification program for therapy pets. Since then, he and Hazel have been sending updates every few months. He is our first "star".
Over time, he began to keep Hazel's dad company in the nursing home. He was the hit of the facility, bringing companionship and animation to the residents and staff. Truly sharing his ragdoll spirit with all , he became a fixture in the small community.
The letter below says it all.