When people learn about our nomadic lifestyle they often marvel at the things we got rid of, possessions we shed. Jim and I are both cat lovers and the most difficult part of this gypsy transition was finding new homes where our cats would be loved. It was a very sad and necessary part of the adventure.
We’ve found a couple ways to fill in that gap and find animal therapy while we are happily homeless. One of the benefits of housesitting is that people are often looking for someone to look after their family pet in addition to their empty home. This week we’re doing a repeat housesit with our beloved friend, Linus, a Wheaton Terrier in Venice, FL. He was so happy to see me as I walked across the yard he nearly tackled me!
We also find great animal therapy in visiting shelters wherever we roam. Here’s a plug for a few well-run facilities we’ve visited recently:
- Animal Welfare League in Port Charlotte, FL
- Humane Society of Pinellas in Clearwater, FL
- Nashville Humane Association in Nashville, TN
We’ve enjoyed hours in the cat rooms receiving as much as we give. Drop us a note if you know of a great shelter along our route as we’ll continue to need animal therapy.