Love Your Pet Day, Ron’s Story
To celebrate Love Your Pet Day on 20th February, we’re sharing the stories of our residents who have been able to have their pets live with them, here’s Rogers House resident Ron’s story.
Around ten years ago, Ronald Bull came across a cat, who had previously given birth to five kittens and was now unwanted by her owner. Known by the name of ‘Cat’ Ron quickly took the decision to take the cat in, as he lived alone.
Ron unfortunately suffered a fall at home and needed to be taken into hospital. A neighbour kindly took Cat in to ensure she was fed and well looked after. Once he was out of hospital, Ron went to stay at Rogers House. It was a difficult time for Ron and he struggled with his mental health but thanks to a neighbour and the staff at Rogers House, the pair were able to be reunited at the Wigmore care home.
Speaking about what it means to him to have Cat live with him at Rogers House, he says, “I didn’t rescue Cat, she rescued me, so it’s amazing to have her here with me, she’s my companion. I could never be without Cat so knowing she is here with me, makes it feel like home to me.”
Jackie Miles, Home Manager of Rogers House added: “We were delighted to be able to reunite Ron and Cat and to now have them both here with us. You can see how much they mean to each other and what a positive impact it has on Ron’s wellbeing.”
Rapport Housing & Care is a pet friendly organisation and where possible, will support residents to bring their pets when moving in. We believe in the positive impact that pets can have on their owner’s mental health and that they truly are one of the family. We have a number of pets living in our homes and schemes, from cats and dogs to birds and rabbits.