Fulfilling A Special Need

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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

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ROCHESTER, MN (KTTC-DT) -- Camp Companion's mission is to control the pet population, especially for cats.

And sometimes they come across cats that are less fortunate and had to endure hardships.

But there is hope those cats who might be injured or have special needs can find a loving home.

Mikey and Elizabeth are the two newest residents at Sunrise Cottages.

But they're not your ordinary felines. They're cats with special needs who were abandoned by their owner.

Elizabeth suffered frost bite this winter on her ears and paws forcing the removal of her ears, while Mikey has a urinary tract problem and requires special food.

Camp Companion rescued the duo, and say their needs make them tough to place.

"Human nature is that we always want something young, fresh and new that we can call our own and it's only ever been ours," says Michelle Quandt of Camp Companion. "Like people like to buy a new car, people want a kitten or a puppy. But the problem is that a lot of people discard their pet for some reason, it's how these cats came into our program."

Mother has been here several years and she had a cat here and he passed away last December and every time I'd come to see her she kept saying she missed her cat," said Cindy Krueger, whose mother lives at Sunrise Cottages.

Thanks to Cindy Krueger, her mom Hazel, and Camp Companion, the pair has found a home with residents who understand what it's like to have a special need.

"This community at Sunrise Cottages has the special need of wanting companionship, these guys want that too," said Quandt.

Seniors who have had cats or dogs their whole life may miss their pets, but the cats help fill that void.

"We find it very beneficial for our residents who have typically had pets their whole life to have pets in their senior years," said Marcia Carrigan of Sunrise Cottages.

"They just make you feel at home, you know. Cats are kind of all there you know, they love to be with people. And they're pets so they like to be petted. And they like to rub against you. I think cats are nice," said Hazel Wilson, a resident at Sunrise Cottages.

"It's just beautiful because these people live here and they love giving the joy to the animals, and of course, the animals give the love back unconditionally," said Krueger.

There are many more cats that are in need of good homes. For more information go to Camp Companion's website.

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