Meet Jake, The Amazing Therapy Cat!

Meet Jake, the coolest cat in town! Jake is a certified therapist for the Fort Collins Cat Rescue & Spay/Neuter Clinic (FCCRSNC) and his job is to provide comfort, education, and love to people in Fort Collins.

FCCR Jake working for hugsPhoto courtesy of FCCRSNC

Jake is a handsome cat of the Korat breed, with a heart-shaped face and silver-tipped blue coat that gives him a halo effect. Indeed, Jake is an angel to many members of our community!

Jake wasn’t always considered an angel. Early in his life Jake was surrendered to Larimer Humane Society for inappropriate urination. A friendly cat with a great personality, he was transferred from Larimer Humane Society to the FCCRSNC to address his litterbox challenges.

Jake was adopted from Fort Collins Cat Rescue & Spay Neuter Clinic and returned twice- always for the same reason- inappropriate urination. Despite this challenge, his outstanding personality continued to shine through.

As it turns out, Jake was a wonderful candidate to become a registered therapy pet. Jake successfully passed training through The Delta Society in partnership with the Larimer Animal People Partnership.

While dogs remain a popular choice for therapy animals, almost any animal can become a therapy pet. You can find therapy dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, and horses!

Today Jake lives at the shelter, attended by about 6 volunteer handlers that accompany Jake on his community visits spreading love and education throughout Fort Collins and Loveland, including Columbine Health and Rehabilitation, Crossroads Safehouse, Poudre River Public Libraries, Barnes and Noble, and area schools.

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Jake and his handler visiting a patient at Columbine Health and Rehabilitation Center

Photo courtesy of FCCRSNC

Jake is somewhat of a celebrity with adoring fans fawning over him while attending many FCCRSNC events like the Whiskers & Wags Jubilee.

Jake’s celebrity doesn’t stop there, he was also featured on Animal Planet’s TV show, Cats 101, on the episode about Korats!

Jake even has his very own Facebook page!

Jake truly is an inspiring feline member of our community. I believe we can all take Jake’s example to heart and make the most of our talents, despite our shortcomings.  Thanks, Jake!

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