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Therapy cat Oscar will live out his golden years at Roberta Place

Oscar has adapted very well to his new home, hanging out with his friends, lounging in his favourite chair, and exploring the courtyard

Longtime therapy pet, Oscar the Cat, with the help of Roberta Place life enrichment co-ordinator Anita Crane and Furry Friends Animal Rescue volunteer Sue Cahoon, has taken up permanent residence at the long-term care home on Essa Road in Barrie, where he will live out his golden years surrounded by his many friends. 

"Oscar has been a big part of life in our home for the past six years," says Roberta Place life enrichment co-ordinator Anita Crane. "Working hard as a therapy pet, Oscar has not only made friends with our residents and staff, but has undoubtedly showcased the many benefits of therapy animals.

"Oscar has contributed to improved communication and an improved ability to reminisce among residents and has afforded all of us the feeling of being loved and needed," Crane added. "Now 14 years old, it is our privilege to offer Oscar a comfortable and familiar environment to live out his retirement, while still bringing joy to all of our residents."

"It has been a wonderful experience sharing Oscar's loving and playful nature with residents at Roberta Place Long-Term Care Home," said Cahoon. "We could not have picked a better permanent home for him and are delighted that he can enter retirement surrounded by friends. This is the perfect fit for Oscar and we are proud to have been part of this."

Since joining the home, Oscar has settled in superbly. He can be found enjoying the company of residents, lounging on his favourite chair, or exploring the courtyard.