At Rose Pet Memorial Center we have “comfort” pets here at the center to help with your grief journey.
We have two resident cats, Otto, a black and white short hair, and Luna, a long hair calico. We rescued them from the Henry County Animal Shelter in New Castle, Indiana in August of 2013. They did not live together previously, but are good pals now.
When Otto came to live at the center, he was less than a year old and found as a stray. His white coat was so yellow and dirty when he arrived we wondered if it would ever be white. He’s done a great job cleaning himself up, and is quite the “Dapper Dude.” He will make sure he’s available to you during your visit. Otto is very friendly and likes to participate, so don’t be surprised if he gives you hug, a head bump or even a kiss. He seems to know who needs his TLC.
Luna is our glamour cat. She is a big kitty who greets you at the door and listens in closely as you make plans for your pet and share with us about your loss. She frequently sits in the back pew of our sanctuary room and pays her respects during your visit. She loves attention and being petted. Luna isn’t shy about asking for attention if she thinks you need a little more “kitty love therapy.”
Sugar, is a rescued Great Pyrenees, who comes to the center frequently with her “pyrents”, the owners. She is very thoughtful and kind and likes to give hugs by leaning on you. She will lie at your feet and let you pet her as long as your arm allows. If you think you are done petting, she is known to give you a nudge to let you know if you aren’t. Sugar loves kids and other dogs too, so if your dog is with you during your visit, and they like other dogs, we’re sure they will be great friends. Sugar can make other plans if her assistance is not needed.
Your dog is always welcome to come with you, whether it likes other dogs and humans or not. The only thing that matters it that it likes you and gives you comfort! Cats as we know, typically do not do well with change, so typically don’t travel well, but they are welcome too.
Our “comfort pets” are here to help you heal, and seem to be very intuitive as to who needs their attention. We do understand that some of our clients may not be ready to visit with another animal yet, or have allergies to cats or a long haired dog. Just let us know if we need to send them on a break during your time with us.