Truman the Therapy Cat
From Homeless to Hero, Truman is a therapy cat that provides affection to the elderly while keeping them in good spirits.
Mary + Truman
Once an aimless wanderer, Truman knows what it is like to be stuck in an unfamiliar place you don’t want to be. Scooped up off the sidewalk by a Good Samaritan, Truman found himself at an animal shelter in Connecticut.
"Nowadays, his schedule is full of visits, especially to those who have no one else in their lives."
Now, an internet star with his own Facebook page, he brings joy and comfort to individuals in senior living communities as a certified therapy pet with Pet Partners, an organization that promotes human-animal therapy.
It was because of his calm temperament and easygoing personality that Truman’s vet first suggested he become a therapy cat. Nowadays, his schedule is full of visits, especially to those who have no one else in their lives.
Truman works primarily with the elderly, and even those with memory issues remember his name. “He’s very good at recognizing just who needs him the most,” said his human handler Mary Moses Kinney. “He will climb right up on their bed to snuggle them back into good spirits or visit them in physical therapy to cheer them on. For many of the people on Truman’s visit request list, he is the highlight of their week.”
Interested in volunteering as a therapy pet team?
Learn more about becoming a certified therapy team with Pet Partners or begin training with your dog at Petco. Learn more about dog training and Canine Good Citizen Certification.