Program matches lonely Maine seniors with cats in need of homes

DEXTER, Maine — A new adoption program that aims to improve the well-being of seniors who live alone matches them with cats in need of homes.

Furever Friends, a project created by the Dexter Age Friendly Community, received a $5,000 grant from the Maine Community Foundation this summer and launched in October. The program has matched seven local seniors with cats and plans to make more matches.

The felines come from Spirits Place, a cat sanctuary that opened in 2016 that cares for feral and community cats on its 15-acre property in St. Albans.