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ATHENS, Tenn. — A six-month-old cat named Butters is now the newest member of the Morning Pointe of Athens family. The feline was adopted from the Humane Society and his caregiver has decided to start Butters on his new role as a pet therapy animal.

“The residents took to him very easily,” says Shelby Wilson, life enrichment director at Morning Pointe. “We are so honored that they chose us as a place where he can start his journey to help others.”

Butters the cat will be on the calendar at the assisted living community, which embraces pets and animals of all kinds to offer seniors the many known benefits of pet therapy as part of the life enrichment program.

Photo: Shirley Wilson and Butters the cat enjoy pet therapy time at Morning Pointe of Athens.