Senior Dogs for Senior Citizens in Los Angeles

The L.A. Department of Animal Services hopes to benefit senior citizens and shelter dogs with its new program.

Posted: January 26, 2008, 5 a.m. EST

The L.A. Department of Animal Services is launching a program in hopes of connecting seniors of different species.

The Seniors for Seniors program matches pets, ages 7 and older, with senior citizens, ages 62 and older, who are then allowed to adopt the pet free of charge. The pet will be spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and microchipped. The program begins at city animal shelters and off-site adoption events Jan. 26, 2008.

Older pets housed at shelters are often overlooked, but typically make great companions for seniors as the majority of them are housebroken and are calmer than younger pets. Humans benefit too, and the L.A. Department of Animal Services provides several reasons that pet ownership boosts seniors’ health, backed by various studies. They are:

Pets lower blood pressure – People older than 40 who own pets have lower blood pressure than those who don’t.
Decreased depression – Seniors with pets are less likely to become depressed than those who don’t.
More active – Seniors with pets tend to go on more walks and are generally more active than those who don’t have pets.
Pets ease loss – Those who own a pet and suffer the loss of a spouse are less likely to experience deterioration in their health following the stressful event.

In addition, pets help seniors ward off loneliness, take better care of themselves, and give them a sense of security knowing that someone they love and trust is always nearby.

For L.A. shelter locations and adoption events, visit the Department of Animal Services website.


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Brenda   Franklin, NC

7/29/2010 12:50:36 PM

would like to see a program like this in Franklin NC where they have so many dogs in the shelters and nnedless to say some do not get homes. Is there any information on how to get this started in our community. Right now we are working with Friends of animals that tries to save a animal close to its shelter time being expired.

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Marilee   Peculiar, MO

6/30/2010 5:54:09 PM

I think this is awesome & valuable. I live in the Kansas City area - do you know of any other areas that do a 'Seniors for Seniors' type of project. Or where we could get info on this type of project? One of our Rescue workers in this area is very
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Thank You!!

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Sandy   Cedar Point, NC

11/3/2008 8:05:34 AM

What a wonderful program! I would like to see this program incoporated into shelters across the US. Too many Senior dogs are turned into shelters, most of them are put down because they aren't adopted. Senior dogs have so much love to give and they deserve to live out their golden years with dignity and love. This is a win win situation for Seniors and Senior Dogs.

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Ingrid   Clarksville, TN

1/27/2008 8:33:34 PM

Wonderful program. Senior dogs are just
I adopted several and they are the
One thing, they don't live long enough. I lost two seniors in 2007 and it really hurts. One was with me for 14 years but the other was a rescue. I adopted him when he was 11 and he died 2 years later. It still hurts.

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