Benefits of Pets for Seniors
Purina Pets for Seniors offers qualifying individuals a $50 reduction in the adoption donation of a Pug.  If you are 60 or over you may qualify for this program. 
Please ask us about it.


Did You Know?

  • Independently living seniors that have pets tend to have better physical health and mental well-being than those that do not. (Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, May 1999)
  • Elderly people with pets are better able to remain emotionally stable during a crisis than those without. (Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, May 1999)
  • Seniors who own dogs go to the doctor less often than those who do not. (Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 1990)
  • Those who own pets can have significantly lower systolic blood pressure and cholesterol levels than those who do not. (American Journal of Cardiology, 1995)
  • Male dog owners are significantly less likely to die within one year after a heart attack than those who do not own a dog. (American Journal of Cardiology, 1995)
  • Owning a cat or dog helps seniors maintain or enhance their Activities of Daily Living (ADL) score.  The scale measures a person’s ability to do activities like walking, preparing meals, bathing and dressing. (Journal of the American Geriatric Society, 1999)
  • Alzheimer's patients have fewer anxious outbursts if there is an animal in the home. Patients who are attached to their pets also have fewer reported mood disorders. (Dr. Lynette Hart, University of California at Davis School of Veterinary Medicine)
  • Pets help to fight depression and loneliness, promoting an interest in life and helping seniors stick to a regular daily routine. (Between Pets and People: The Importance of Animal Companionship)
  • Pets Help to Lower Health Care Costs. People with pets actually make fewer doctor visits, especially for non-serious medical conditions. (National Institute of Health Technology Assessment Workshop: Health Benefits of Pets)
  • Seniors who own pets coped better with stressful life events without entering the healthcare system. (Raina, 1998)