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Kittens for Kids Reaches Out to Sandy Hook Families

To Pet News and Views’ readers: A good friend of mine wrote this post to help families affected by the Sandy Hook tragedy. 

To counter the recent tragedy in their town, Kitten Associates, a home foster-based cat rescue group located in Sandy Hook, CT,  is opening their doors, by appointment only, to residents in their communities of Newtown and Sandy Hook, from now through Jan. 31.

“We know the healing power that time spent petting a cat or watching kittens play with a toy can bring to a child, his or her parents, and even first responders and other adults who feel emotionally overwhelmed,” says Kitten Associates founder, president and award-winning pet blogger, Robin A.F. Olson. “Because animals have no hidden agendas and kittens aren’t threatening, it’s a special kind of healing you just can’t experience any other way.”

Each kitten visit will last for 30 minutes, with the ability to request longer periods or repeat visits. To ensure the safety of both children and the cats, Kitten Associates can only allow children over the age of 4 to meet their foster cats and kittens, and they must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

After children visit with the kittens, and for younger kids 2-4 who can’t visit the live kitties, the organization will be giving each child a free plush kitty. Those particularly affected will receive a K.T. Cat, a super-soft, cuddly play and sleep mate designed to help children express their feelings. The plush will remind them of the comfort of the real animals. “Kitties For Kids is a way for us to give back and say thank you to the people of Newtown for letting us be a part of this wonderful community,” says the group’s vice president, Sam Moore. “We believe the plush kitties and K.T. Cats will be a small but lasting source of comfort in the weeks and months to come for these kids.”

“Though our mission is rescuing cats and kittens and placing them into loving homes, right now we’re also here to help rescue childhood innocence and put smiles back on the faces of children in our area,” Robin explains. “We hope in this small way, we can do that.”

For more information about the Kitten Associates, a nonprofit organization, click here.   To set up a visit, request a free plush for your child, or to donate to the plush kitten purchase fund, interested parties should email Kitten Associates at info@kittenassociates.org or call 203-744-9CAT (9228). To learn more about K.T. Cat plush toys, click here.

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15 comments to Kittens for Kids Reaches Out to Sandy Hook Families

  • Carol

    Is that Robin Olson of Covered in Cat Hair? I like her blog.

  • Mary

    It is a terrible tragedy, and so so sad. It is nice that Robin and Kitten Associates is taking this on.

  • Susan

    So many of us feel so helpless when we learn about these tragedies. We need to have stiff gun laws. No one should be able to carry arms like the ones this shooter had. I’m glad Kitten Associates is stepping in to help these families.

  • Tara

    It is so true that animals have no hidden agenda. What you see is what you get, and they offer such healing. Thank you Kitten Associates for doing this.

  • Nadia

    I live in in MI, very far away from Newtown, but this affects all of us. It is so sad. As a mom, I hugged my children tighter. What we need are strict gun laws.

  • Sam

    The NRA’s control has got to end. We should not be waiting for those to heal; we need to act now on gun control. No one, and I mean no one, should be able to obtain an assault rifle.

  • Roger

    I saw this on Twitter, and I hunt. As a hunter, I believe we have the right to own guns–not assault weapons. I fully support a ban on all assault weapons.

  • Carolyn

    Good job Robin. Kittens, puppies, and all animals–especially the cute cuddly kind are healing to be around.

  • Sally

    thank you kitten associates for doing this. I wish we did have bans on all guns–not just assault riffles.

  • Heather

    Kittens and kids makes sense. They are quite therapeutic. Thank you kitten associates.

  • Yes, Carol, it is. –Michele

  • this is just beautiful! I tweeted and shared on our Facebook page.

  • Thanks Caren!–Best, Michele

  • Toni

    I’m so glad to hear this!! Animals have a great way to help those in need and this is a perfect opportunity to help. Not only the kids but the parents. Cool Idea!

  • Hello, Yes, it IS Me, from Covered in Cat Hair. My non-profit rescue, Kitten Associates is in full swing with our Kitties for Kids program. So far 26 people have visited our kitties, had a lot of laughs, giggles and good times and left with a smile, a plush kitty and happy memories. We’re really glad to be part of the team of people who are giving back to our community and helping put the smiles back on the kids and parents (and first responders) of Newtown.