Adopt a Shelter Animal Month: Pets for the Elderly

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The population of people over 65 in the United States is expected to reach 22% by 2050. The over-65 population in America is currently 16.5% and has been increasing in size for several decades.

Likewise, the number of senior pets who are abandoned each year is growing, but many shelters across the country do not accept older pets because they believe their chances of adoption are too slim. This leaves a huge need for people to adopt older dogs and cats that are not likely to find homes because of their age. Older pets may be the perfect low-energy partner to an elder who is longing companionship.

The elderly population is growing, and one in three seniors live alone. As we near the beginning of October, we’re encouraging you and your friends and family to take in a pet that will give the love and companionship elderly people often lack when left alone at this time of year. If you are interested in foster or adopting a pet today, check out your local animal shelter for additional information.

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