Companion Animals and the Role They Play with our Senior Citizens

Companion Animals and the Role They Play with our Senior Citizens

It is said that a dog is man’s best friend and a cat has nine lives. However, ownership of a dog or a cat is never more poignant than it is with a senior citizen. The positives that can be gained from owning a dog are documented and valid. There are programs in place now that match up senior dogs with senior citizens, which in my opinion is a win-win for both dog and the senior.

Having participated in dog rescue since 2005 I am pleased to see new programs developed that merge my two loves, dogs and the care of the elderly. Millions of healthy and unwanted dogs and cats are euthanized yearly in our country and the lack of money and resources to properly control the overpopulation continues to plague us. When new funded rescue programs are created it gives us hope that someday things will change. One of the largest challenges in the rescue world is senior dogs and cats that are abandoned by their owners.
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