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Therapy Cat to be Inducted Into Hall of Fame

From the May/June, 2010 issue of California Veterinarian (a publication of the California Veterinary Medical Association). The CVMA's California Animal Hall of Fame, created in...

Dr. Eric Barchas  |  May 25th 2010


From the May/June, 2010 issue of California Veterinarian (a publication of the California Veterinary Medical Association).

The CVMA’s California Animal Hall of Fame, created in 1990, celebrates the companion and working animals of California and the veterinarians who care for them. The winning animal’s care provider is recognized at the Pacific Veterinary Conference as well.

2010 Inductee: Moorea, a Registered Therapy Cat

Moorea is a 13 year-old pet-therapy cat with the “Love on a Leash” program in San Diego. With her retired owners, Nancy and Mike Denen, she is part of “Team Calico,” which makes weekly visits to nursing homes and hospice facilities. Wearing a harness and walking on a leash, Moorea has visited hundreds of individuals at various nursing facilities, senior centers, Alzheimer’s facilities, local schools, and local service clubs.

Moorea brings comfort and companionship to the sick and elderly. Moorea’s outward beauty and soft fur initiates [sic] the visit, but her gentle step and readiness to lie next to a new friend is [sic] what people remember. She often cuddles on their bed with hospice residents [sic], or just sits next to them for comfort. Though not many words are spoken, the connection and touch is [sic] valuable. Moorea’s calm nature is a gift to many people making life’s final transition, and to their families, who enjoy petting her and hearing her purr. It’s amazing the magic that a little cat on a leash can bring!

It’s a wonderful and heart warming story. Congratulations to Moorea!

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