Purrs for Autism
The Autism Society of Southern Arizona teamed up with the Hermitage Cat Shelter to create an interactive program for children with autism to spend time with their kitties. The program is called Purrs for Autism and its mission is to improve the lives of children with autism, the homeless and at-risk cats by providing a nurturing environment. Through the program the children are able to learn empathy and animal care while getting the felines ready for adoption. Children ages 6 through 18, living with autism, were encouraged to come to the shelter on a weekly basis for a therapeutic hour where kids can feel free of judgment as they gain self-confidence, communication skills and the ability to focus. Visit the Autism Society of Southern Arizona website here for more information.