They don’t call them “man’s best friend” for nothing! And since May is National Pet Month, we want to put the spotlight on our favorite, furry friends.
A dog or cat can transform anyone’s life, but New Smyrna Beach seniors, in particular, can benefit in many ways from having a feline or canine companion at home.
It would take us all day to list the reasons why active seniors should have a pet at home, so we’ll just start with a few. Keep reading!
Dogs get you out and about
Not only do dogs make great company for Volusia County seniors, but they also encourage exercise. Dogs need to be walked several times a day, they love to socialize at the dog park and can help you meet new people there, and nothing makes them happier than a car ride just to get out of the house for a little while.
It’s great to have them in the house for companionship, but they also help keep you safe by alerting you to when someone is at your door or walking around your home.
There’s nothing that your dog wouldn’t do for you, and we could also use a little extra love like that in our lives.
Cats make great company
Cats are fairly, low-maintenance pets, that are relatively independent. However, they still love to sit in your lap to have their ears scratched, and make loyal companions for seniors. Most cats are homebodies, so would make a great pet for a senior who isn’t active enough to keep up with a dog’s excited temperament.
Petting a cat is also good for your health! It can trigger calming chemicals in your body to help you relax and decrease your anxiety.
There are many animals in need
Even if you already have pets at home, there are plenty of local, animal shelters that could use your help. You can donate food, toys, or bedding to the shelters or a local, food drive, or volunteer to spend time with the animals.
The homeless animals would love to have your attention and affection, and you’ll feel good about spending time with them. It’s a win-win situation for everyone!
After volunteering or donating, you may decide that you’re ready to adopt a pet and give him a loving home! Don’t worry if you think a puppy or kitten will have too much energy for you. There are plenty of senior dogs and cats in shelters that need a forever home, just like all the other animals.
If you aren’t ready to make a full commitment to adopt, but you do have the extra time and space to help a shelter animal, you can look into a fostering program at a local shelter. You can make a huge difference to the life of a dog or cat, and get them ready for their forever home.
Pets bring so much joy into our lives. It’s important that we take good care of them and show them extra love during National Pet Month!
Mark your calendars, because June 4th is Hug Your Cat Day!
Visit our Facebook Page and share a picture of yourself hugging your cat that day. We’d love to see your photos!
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