Kitties for Kids brings kitten therapy to the community of Newtown

Kitties for Kids Newtown

When news of the shooting in Newtown started breaking, Robin Olson watched, along with the rest of the world, horrified at what was happening in her community: the shooter lived only a few streets away from her Sandy Hook home. Robin shared her emotions in a gripping series of blog posts titled The Saddest Place on Earth: Sandy Hook, CT. But writing about it wasn’t enough. Robin wanted to help her community heal.

Out of the sadness, pain and horror, Robin created something beautiful: her program, Kitties for Kits, offers playtime, pets and purrs with the kittens she fosters for her rescue group, Kitten Associates. “I saw what happened to this town, and like everybody else, I wanted to do something,” said Robin in an interview with NBC News New York.

Kitties for Kids Newton

Robin opened her home to the children, first responders, and anyone else in Newtown who needed to find a way to smile again. The foster kittens, including tortie kitten Latte shown in the photo above, were up to the task. Who could not feel at least a little better at the sight of that cute little face?

As of last Sunday, 26 Newtown residents have taken advantage of the kitten therapy offered by Robin’s feline residents. “This is not a professional therapy situation,” says Robin. “It’s a good heart, with good intentions. The only way we can help is through our love and compassion for each other. This is our offering to the town of Sandy Hook and Newtown.” In addition to getting to spend time with the kittens, visitors are sent home with a plush cat toy, suitable for hugging.

Kitties for Kids Newtown

Those of us whose cats have helped us through dark times know the healing the mere presence of a cat can provide. In the wake of so much tragedy, Kitties for Kids brings some much needed smiles to the Newtown community.

Kitten Associates Newtown CT

Kitten Associates is dedicated to saving the lives of cats, supporting animal rescue organizations with powerful online marketing tools, and championing legislation for spay/neuter programs to end pet overpopulation. Founded in 2009 by Robin Olson, the group has rescued the lives of hundreds of kittens, many of them pulled from high-kill shelters in the Southern United States. For more information, and to support Kitten Associates, please visit KittenAssociates. org.

All photos ©Robin Olson, used with permission.

10 Comments on Kitties for Kids brings kitten therapy to the community of Newtown

  1. Marti Abell
    January 20, 2013 at 6:24 am (8 years ago)

    What a wonderful idea! We adopted our cat at 9 months at a time where we needed the love of a wonderful feline. He has been with us for 9 years, and we treasure his company.

  2. Esme
    January 4, 2013 at 12:13 am (8 years ago)

    I read this story-what great idea.

    January 2, 2013 at 4:12 pm (8 years ago)

    I’m so proud of Robin. What lovely gesture to open up her heart and home to these suffering children (and adults).xo

  4. Robin Olson
    January 2, 2013 at 4:03 pm (8 years ago)

    Thank you, Ingrid, for sharing our story and the news about our program! It means a lot to me that you support our efforts and are right there with us helping educate and improve the lives of people with their cats. We know the power of healing being with a cat can provide and it’s good people like you who go the distance in helping others appreciate and cherish that wonderful bond.

  5. Marg
    January 2, 2013 at 1:14 pm (8 years ago)

    That is a wonderful thing that Robin is doing. Good thinking on her part and I know those people are enjoying seeing the kittens and cats. That was such a horrible thing that happened in that tpwn.

  6. Bopeeps
    January 2, 2013 at 12:41 pm (8 years ago)

    Touching story

  7. Texas, a cat in New York
    January 2, 2013 at 9:27 am (8 years ago)

    That is a wonderful program. It shows how much (more) kitties could bring to humans.
    Truly beautiful and lovely!

  8. Heather at New England Pet Hospice
    January 2, 2013 at 8:27 am (8 years ago)

    This is wonderful!! Kitties are such a wonderful calming influence (plus they bring so many laughs). I never heard of a program like this, but am sure they are helping so much.

    – Heather

  9. Laurie
    January 2, 2013 at 8:10 am (8 years ago)

    Wonderful all around as it’s great for the kitties to get all that extra attention too. Thank you, Robin, for having such a kind heart… saving so many furry babies and now soothing the human heart… that’s amazing!!

  10. Spunky Doodle and Manny
    January 2, 2013 at 6:20 am (8 years ago)

    How wonderful of her to open her home and share the kitties with those hurting.


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