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Lake Humane Society brings animals to visit seniors at Mentor Assisted Living Center – News-Herald

The Newell Creek enclave, a Mentor assisted living center, partnered with the Lake Humane Society this week to bring in dogs and kittens to brighten their residents’ day.

Jessica Dougherty, the Enclave’s sales and marketing director, said National Assisted Living Week went into full effect on September 10 to celebrate with the well-wishers they support.

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Bistro, a Lake Humane Society mutt, enthusiastically accepts pets from residents at the Enclave of Newell Creek Assisted Living Center. (John Butler – The News Herald)

“Our theme this year is celebrating joy, and our residents love puppies. So we approached the Lake Humane Society to host an event and they jumped at the idea,” Dougherty said. “Every time we bring animals in, it brightens their day. It’s amazing to see how happy they are.”

Volunteers from the Humane Society brought their mutts, Bourbon and Bistro, two 3- to 4-year-old dogs who lovingly ran around the center’s wings, tails wagging excitedly. Accompanying Bourbon and Bistro was the kitten Football, a cat who was born without a tail and was passed around to the seniors for them to pet the little cat.

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Football, a cat who was born without a tail, is passed around to seniors at the Newell Creek Enclave Senior Center for a pet. (John Butler – THE News Herald)

Both the Lake Humane Society and Enclave encourage residents to adopt an animal not only to give their dogs and cats a loving home, but to enrich residents’ lives and boost their spiritual health.

“We enjoy working with the Lake Humane Society. They do a fantastic job and really know how to put a smile on our residents’ faces,” said Dougherty. “We always look forward to events like this to see our residents’ smiles and the little furry friends they bring.”

The enclave has several residents who currently own animals in their homes and apartments.

“Everyone appreciates animals,” said Nancy Irle, a Lake Humane Society volunteer. “Bourbon and Bistro are great ambassadors for us. There is nothing more beautiful than seeing how happy they make people.”

The Humane Society Animal Shelter, located at 7564 Tyler Blvd. is located has a variety of animals available for adoption including Bistro, Bourbon and Football. All their animals are up to date vaccinated and neutered and neutered. In addition, their animals are microchipped so that they can be tracked in case the animals are lost.

Anyone interested in adopting a pet can contact the organization at 440-951-6122.

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