In an attempt to connect senior citizens with our animals who need love and a new home, SAVE, A Friend to Homeless Animals offers a "Seniors for Seniors" program. Through this program, SAVE will waive adoption fees for senior citizens (65 years and older) who are willing to welcome one of our mature (5 years and older) cats or dogs into their heart and home.
This program was developed to help find new homes for the numerous mature cats and dogs at our shelter that are often overlooked by potential adopters. Puppies and kittens are certainly cute, but an older dog or cat has a lot to offer a new owner too. These cats and dogs are usually already trained and housebroken and can be a lot calmer and easier to handle and care for, especially for older people. The personality and size of the animal is fully developed, so what you see is what you get. And, of course, these dogs and cats who have known true hardship, will be eternally grateful to their new owner for giving them a second chance.
Seniors benefit from SAVE's "Seniors for Seniors" program also. Studies have actually proven that pet companionship can improve senior citizens’ health and outlook on life. By offering companionship and love to an often lonely individual, pets can actually help to lower a person's blood pressure and stress level and reduce the number or duration of illnesses. Pets allow the senior to feel happier, safer, and more needed.
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