LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Nevada SPCA has launched its first “Senior for Seniors” program during the month of November as they celebrate Adopt-A-Senior-Pet month.
The program, which officially begins Nov. 12 allows seniors over the age of 65 years old to adopt a senior cat or dog (age 10 and older) at no charge.
The “Senior for Seniors” program is focused on senior citizens discovering the joys of having an animal companion in their lives and the tremendous amount of benefits that it provides.
Research supports the idea that pet ownership improves overall physical and mental health and well-being.
By adopting a shelter cat or dog, seniors may experience less depression and loneliness, and receive increased physical activity, as well as benefit from lowered stress and lowered blood pressure.
“We oftentimes find challenges in placing some of our senior animals, but a quiet, mellow home of a senior citizen can really be the perfect place. Senior animals are generally calmer, quieter, and can truly be wonderful companions for senior citizens,” said Lori Heeren, Executive Director of Nevada SPCA.
The “Senior for Seniors” program officially begins on Nov. 12 with an adoption courtesy hour, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., where no appointment is needed for seniors to visit the shelter. Please keep in mind social distancing policies will be observed.
The “Senior for Seniors” is available every day to seniors (65+) who wish to adopt a senior cat (10+) or dog (8+) by appointment only.
Masks are required and the number of individuals allowed inside the shelter will be managed by shelter staff.
Nevada SPCA says it is very grateful as this program has been made possible by the generous support of a donor who wished to remain anonymous.
For additional information call (702) 873-7722 or visit nevadaspca.org.
Regular hours of operation are Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.