Pet Perks for Seniors

contributed by April Peiffer

Pet ownership is one of the most rewarding experiences a person can have. A personal companion who greets you with enthusiasm when you get home, no matter how long you were away (Yes, sorry we left you behind to grab the mail, Spot!). 

A companion whose unconditional love is just the right thing when we are down or feeling lonely. A pet who makes us smile each and every day. These are just a few of the incredible joys all pet parents enjoy.

One of the added benefits for seniors is the opportunity to get out of the house for exercise while walking a canine companion. Seniors are sure to meet new people on their walks in and around the neighborhood or at a dog park. That, in turn, creates opportunities for new friendships. Owning a pet dog or cat also helps reduce stress, lowers blood pressure and cholesterol, and reduces the risk of heart disease. Studies have even shown that people recover from surgeries faster when they have pets at home. The result of all of these things—people may enjoy longer and happier lives in general, thanks to their furry companions.

The Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter is dedicated to making great matches for everyone it serves—the pets and the people. One of the programs staff strongly believe in is their Senior For Senior program, in which anyone age 65 or older can adopt a dog or cat over the age of 6 for free. If you’d like to take advantage of all these wonderful bonuses to one of life’s most rewarding relationships, scan the code to check out all of the available pets at and come to the shelter, located at 1855 SE Inner Loop in Georgetown, and open from 12-6pm seven days a week.