Every year, the Tuesday following Thanksgiving is dedicated to raising support for important causes. Known as Giving Tuesday, the day of fundraising is an opportunity for nonprofits, like The Ohio Masonic Home, to raise awareness of their work and generate financial support.
For Giving Tuesday 2022, The Ohio Masonic Home Foundation’s focus may surprise you. Butterscotch the cat and Biscuit the dog.
You may remember reading about Butterscotch, the robotic cat, in the last issue of The Beacon. The Ohio Masonic Home has a few of the companion pets already in service with residents who could benefit from extra social and emotional support. Butterscotch and Biscuit have been particularly useful with memory care community members, providing them additional companionship. Beyond just residents, The Ohio Masonic Home Resource Center has provided companion pets to some clients in the community, especially those facing challenges related to isolation, loneliness, and memory.
The pets only cost about $150 each, but can have a major impact on the wellbeing of their companion.
For someone who can sometimes be isolated from family and friends, especially those with a memory-related diagnosis, these companion pets have been shown to have a positive effects on mental wellbeing, stress, physical mobility, and feelings of loneliness or isolation.