The Feline Pet Therapy Team

We are a nonprofit, cage-less, all foster home cat sanctuary. We provide safe sanctuary, rehabilitation, medical care and socialization for special needs and senior cats to live out their natural lives. Select sanctuary cat teams provide purr therapy at area health and nursing care facilities, health rehabilitation and assisted living facilities using the cats in our sanctuary. We operate on Catholic Christian values.

This website is dedicated to the cat teams that provide purr therapy at area health and nursing care facilities, health rehabilitation and assisted living facilities. It takes a cat with the right temperament and personality to serve as an member of a cat purr therapy team. These are our current cat purr therapy team members.

Lilly – This young lady is an obvious Siamese mix. She has a sister below named Lulu. She is sweet in nature and extremely inquisitive which can get her into trouble often. She is the one that causes you to take that deep breath multiple times a day and repeat to yourself ” she is just being a curious feline”. It’s either that or pray for forgiveness for using colorful language all day. Even with all of her mischievousness we love her and the residents at the facilities we visit do too. She is better than TV to watch because you never know what she will do next. It’s definitely not going to be what you expect.
Leonardo (Leo)- The gentle giant. He is the Alpha of the colony with a laid back personality. When he enters a room everyone knows he is there. He actually walks like a lion with a lumbering stride and confident manner. Everyone loves this boy and he always returns the attention. He was a rescue from a horrible situation and he was so traumatized that the rescuers thought they were going to have to release him to a feral colony. No one could touch him but Maureen from the Catnip Cottage noticed the fear in his yes and said I’ll take him. Her loved her from that moment on.
Lulu – Lilly’s sister. She is the sweet heart of Sweet Hearts. As a kitten her tail was cut off (we have no idea how it happened, she was fine at dinner time playing with her sisters and then at bedtime an accident had occurred but she was still playing as if nothing had happened). We took her to Sangaree Animal Hospital the next morning were an amputation had to be performed to enclose the spinal cord. She now has a stump (I call it a joy stick) and she could care less. The incident left her with a tilted head which is so cute and fits perfectly with her personality.
Ethel – The Mom of the colony. Every cat loves her and she loves them in return. She was rescued in the middle of a really bad storm and had three babies with her. She was adopted out once but returned herself to us. She has a hematoma in one ear from being a stray with an ear infection without treatment. It gives her a very unique and cute look. The residents at the facilities we visit love her because she will sit with them during the entire visit and enjoy every stroke they give her.
Ollie – His mother was at a shelter in Georgia with a litter of Kittens. The Catnip Cottage was notified that Ollie’s mom and her kittens were scheduled to be euthanized. A Catnip Cottage volunteer drove to Georgia and rescued the mother and kittens and brought them to Summerville, SC. Since the mother was still nursing the kittens, she could not be spayed and they discovered that she was pregnant before she was rescued. The second litter included Ollie. A lady adopted Ollie as a therapy cat and kept him for 10 years. She became  very incapacitated and her friend took Ollie but could not keep him. We were contacted and we drove to Raleigh, NC to pick him up and bring him back to his furr-ever home. Ollie is a sweet boy and enjoys the residents at the facilities because he loves the attention that a ginger cat gets.

Hello!  I’m Giuseppe Casey Abraham Delacey Thomas O’Malley the FORMER Alley Cat.  But you can call me Boo!  I lost my home and spent 9+ years in a feral cat colony until I was trapped and reclaimed by Our Lady of Mercy’s Catnip Cottage.  I was all torn up by some animal that attacked me.  I am now happy and healthy, and love my new home. I love people that are kind to me and I always like to return affection with my kisses.  I am a therapy cat on the Catnip Cottage’s purr therapy team. I visit two nursing homes a month and spend time with the residents there, letting them tell me what a good and pretty boy I am.

This beautiful girls name is Caliope. She was abandoned as a kitten into a managed feral colony that was monitored and supported by Berkley County Paws (BC Paws). When the BC Paws rescuer saw her she immediately knew that I could be socialized and have a wonderful life in the right furever home. BC Paws posted a picture of her on Facebook. We were in the process of evaluating our purr therapy team to decide if we had enough team members (it takes a cat with just the right temperament and personality) when we saw her face on Facebook and immediately knew Caliope would have great potential as a pet therapy team member and we were right. She is a gentle and loving girl and never shows aggressive behavior. She is in training now and doing very well.

Meet Alani Rose. Alani is a female ginger cat which while it’s not rare it isn’t frequent Ginger genes work differently in cats compared to people, which makes female ginger cats a little harder to come by. There are roughly three males to one female ginger cat. A neighbor of a Berkley County Paws (BC Paws) rescuer found Alani and her mom under her crawl space. She took care of them until Alani’s mom decided it was time for her to be independent (approximately 4 months) so Alani was given to BC Paws to find her a furever home. BC Paws contacted us to see if we could fit another team member into the colony after much discussion (30 seconds or so) we agreed. She came in with the name Rose which we liked but we also wanted something unique and came up with Alani which in Hawaiian means orange thus she became Alani Rose. Alani has been socialized and has just started her training for purr therapy.