Butte Humane Society knows there are many benefits to adopting a pet. A loving bond can not only have a positive effect on one's health but also to your well-being.
To make adoption easier for senior citizens, we offer waived adoption fees for people 60 years or older.
Scientific studies have proven the many health benefits of owning a pet. The companionship and interaction with your pet can greatly reduce stress, depression, and feelings of loneliness, and has been shown to reduce blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Pets can increase your opportunities for exercise and outdoor activities, as well as providing opportunities for socialization with other pet owners. Dog owners are much more likely to engage in daily physical activity, which has many overall health benefits.
Worried that the animal might outlive you? There are many senior pets at shelters in need of a loving retirement home. Keep in mind Butte Humane Society will always welcome back any animal adopted from us. We also offers a pet guardianship program which allows you to guarantee care for animals not adopted from us.
Adopting is easy as 1, 2, 3!
- Schedule an appointment to meet with a BHS adoption counselor
- Find your new pet through a personalized Meet Your Match survey
- Take home the pet you've been longing for!
Chico Enterprise Record (4-21-12) -The benefits of adopting a pet as a senior.
CHICO - Mary Gibson has always had dogs. When the last one died, she felt the loss.
"I had always known about the (Butte) Humane Society, and had donated to it. I went there and looked around," said Gibson, 93. "My son took me. I knew Boomer was the one. All the other dogs walked away from the fence, but my son noticed, this dog stayed by the fence, by me."
That was a year ago, and Gibson adopted Boomer. "He's about 8 or 9 years old. I couldn't manage a puppy now. Boomer was his name and I figured he'd been through enough; I just kept his name."
The humane society didn't know a lot about Boomer's background, except that he'd been a stray and then lived with a homeless woman for a while. But Gibson says Boomer has been the perfect pet.
"I've had pedigreed dogs before, dogs with papers, but none of them compare to the behavior and loyalty of Boomer, the mixed breed I got from the shelter."
"He sticks by me, follows me everywhere. And he's very calm," she said. "Boomer is a nice companion."
Gibson's daughter has two Labradors, and they get along OK with Boomer, too.
Boomer has a comfy life, Gibson sees to that. He has a bed on the patio, and one next to her bed. When a visitor mentions that Boomer is lucky that Gibson found him, she says, "I feel very lucky, too. He's such a nice boy. I depend on him - he lets me know when he wants to eat. And he gets me moving. I walk him every morning."
She jokes about a less obvious advantage of having Boomer around. "Now I can say 'I'm not talking to myself - I'm talking to my dog'."
Lori Wells, communication and outreach specialist at Butte Humane Society, says Gibson and Boomer are an example of how a pet can benefit an older person, particularly if that person lives alone. "It's about making the right match, but age isn't the only indicator. We have older pets, and a lot of older pets are overlooked. Seniors are often the natural connection," said Wells.
Staff writer Mary Nugent can be reached at 896-7764 or firstname.lastname@example.org.