Minnesota Humane Society Bringing Together Senior Pets & Senior Citizens
The Freeborn County Humane Society has launched a new program that is targeting senior animals that are eligible for adoption and are looking to partner them up with approved senior citizens.
According to a post from the Freeborn County Humane Society's Facebook page, how the program works is:
"Senior humans can adopt a senior pet for half of our normal adoption fee. The adoption process is still the same, an approved application is required and all current pets must be spayed/neutered and up to date on vaccinations."
The adoption program is for senior people over 65 years of age, dogs over 7 years old, and cats older than 8 years old.
The program is coming at a time in which multiple studies have shown owning a pet, is a great way to reduce stress and in one article, keep you healthier.
"An article posted on SeniorDirectory.com points to physical benefits of pet companionship for older adults, which can include lowering blood pressure, cholesterol and heart rate. The same article also reports that a study found seniors who have pets will frequent the doctor’s office 21% less often, and show decreased signs of depression when aging."
As we come out of the pandemic, with more people being vaccinated against COVID-19, this might just be one of the best times for you to add a pet into your house, especially with the better weather we are expecting over the next several days.
You can find out more about the adoption process for getting a pet through the Freeborn County Humane Society here.
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