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Studies have shown that pet companionship may actually help improve senior citizen health and outlook on life.

Pets for Seniors program is designed for people 55 years of age and better that would like to adopt a pet. Pets for Seniors adoption fees: $25 cats, $65 dogs – on pets arriving already spayed or neutered. $40 cats, $125 dogs – for any pets that we must spay or neuter.

Silver Muzzle Club is to help re-home our senior cats and dogs, ages 5 years and older. Senior animals make great pets and have lots of love to share. Senior pets may be adopted for $5 off adoption prices.

Adoption package includes: free veterinary wellness examination, microchip, rabies vaccination, DHLP-P (dog) or FVR-CP (cat) vaccination.

New adopters are responsible for licensing in their city/county.

10 Health Reasons Why Pets Are Great For Seniors

1. Pets Lower Blood Pressure. A study of healthy patients showed that people over 40 who own pets had lower blood pressure than people who did not have pets. Another study showed that talking to pets decreases blood pressure.

2. Fewer Trips to the Doctor. Seniors who own dogs go to the doctor less than those who do not. In a study of 1,000 Medicare patients, even the most highly stressed dog owner/guardians in the study had twenty-one percent fewer physician’s contacts than non-dog owner/guardians.

3. Less Depression. Studies show that seniors with pets do not become depressed as often as those without pets.

4. Easier to Make Friends. Seniors with pets meet more people, and like to talk about their pets.

5. Seniors Become More Active. Seniors with pets go for more walks and are generally more active than those without pets.

6. Pets are Friends. Most everyone, but especially seniors, will say that pets are their friends.

7. Pets Ease Loss. Older people who suffer the loss of a spouse and own a pet are less likely to experience deterioration in health following that stressful event.

8. Pets Fight Loneliness. You are less likely to be lonely with a canine or feline friend around.

9. Taking Better Care of Themselves. Seniors take good care of their pets and better care of themselves when they own a pet.

10. Sense of Security. Pets help seniors to feel that someone they trust is always around.

For more information, call Valley Oak SPCA at (559) 651-1111 ext 3.