Senior to Senior Program
The Gulf Coast Humane Society has launched a Senior to Senior Foster Program, which residents living in independent, 55-plus communities and assisted living facilities will foster senior pets for the mutual benefit of both the animals and the humans.
Cats and dogs are typically considered a “senior” at eight years old.
Pets have therapeutic qualities and are proven to improve mood as well as reduce stress levels. A shelter setting can be stressful for seniors, especially ones who were raised in a home environment. Fostering can help reduce the stress these pets feel as well as improve their temperament.
Seniors are often overlooked because people looking to adopt tend to think of a younger pet. However, senior pets are a great fit because they usually have good manners and they still have so much love to give. Older pets are great companions for senior citizens because they can fit into your daily routine easily. These pets are usually content with a more relaxed lifestyle and may not be as active or demanding as a younger pet.
Please contact the Gulf Coast Humane Society at (239)-332-0364 Ext. 304 for more details about the program.