Good Afternoon Everyone!
With the growing population of baby boomers retiring, I thought I would take a few moments to reach out to our senior community in hopes of persuading them to adopt a pet companion. Our local shelters are full of wonderful cats and dogs that desperately need YOU!
There are many benefits to opening your home and life to a senior pet:
- Pets provide seniors with companionship. They combat depression, boost self-confidence and help overcome feelings of loneliness and boredom.
- The Journal of the American Geriatrics Society has linked owning a pet to such benefits as decreased risk factors for cardiovascular disease, particularly lower systolic blood pressure, plasma cholesterol and plasma triglycerides.
- Within 30 minutes of interacting with a dog or cat, people experience enhanced levels of dopamine and the endorphins associated with happiness. Levels of cortisol, a stress hormone are significantly decreased.
- Caring for a pet increases exercise, socialization and responsibility. Seniors who may feel a loss of purpose in life greatly benefit from having a pet to care for, and a routine to keep them active.
Selecting the right pet for you is very important. Depending on your lifestyle and health, I encourage you to talk with family members and friends about your choice to adopt a pet. When the time comes to find your furry companion, the adoption professional at your local shelter will also be there to help guide you to a perfect match!
If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit my web page at www.walkiesdoggies.com