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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Pets and Seniors

Pets provide a great deal of love and companionship, and if you are willing and able to give them the care they need, pets can be a wonderful addition to your home. Read on to learn more about the many benefits of owning a pet and to decide whether or not owning a pet is right for you.

The number one benefit of owning a pet as a senior is the companionship. Having a dog or cat that is always at your side is a great thing when your friends and family are unavailable during the day. But there are many other advantages to owning a pet to be found, including…

…it helps you establish a routine. Without any set responsibilities or jobs to attend, you may find yourself wondering what to do with your day. A pet will require feeding and walking at a regular time, which allows you to plan a schedule and always have some pet-related activity to look forward to.

…it gives you an excuse to exercise. And speaking of that daily dog walk, it also constitutes one of the other benefits of owning a pet, namely that it helps you get a daily dose of exercise. A walk around the block will keep you and your pet feeling alert and healthy!

…it gives you a chance to stay social. Whether you’re taking your pet to the vet, going out to purchase food or litter, or visiting the local dog park, having a pet means having many reasons to get out there in the world and meet new people.

If you have the time and energy to devote to caring for a new furry friend, consider adopting a pet! The Sacramento SPCA has a wonderful Senior Services program where they give discounts for seniors who own pets. Here are some of the wonderful benefits:

 Free vaccine clinics

Free vaccination clinics for pets owned by seniors are held the first Tuesday of every month from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Animals must be spayed or neutered to qualify. Proof is required.

Adoption fees waived

The adoption fee is waived for seniors over the age of 65 adopting an animal one year or older. A 20% adoption fee discount will be applied for those seniors adopting an animal under one year of age.

Adoption center retail store discounts

Twenty percent off of items in our shelter retail store.

Dog training discounts

They also offer six one-hour dog training classes just for seniors for only $65.

And many other wonderful programs you can look into here:  

Sacramento SPCA 

Mobile Pet Clinics

-   Lower Pet License Fees 

Cats and Seniors


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