DDR's Seniors for Seniors Program is something new we are trying here at DDR.
We are hoping this program will enable more of our senior dogs to find loving forever homes with senior humans who are seeking companionship.
Approved senior (62+ years) adopters qualify for a special package when they adopt senior (7+ years) dogs meeting their criteria. As with any of our adoptions, all adoptive homes must go through our normal approval process prior to adoption. All qualifying dogs will have the "Seniors for Seniors" banner below on their profile.
DDR's Seniors For Seniors Package Includes:
- New Collar and Leash - - Two Stainless Steel Food/Water Bowls - - A DDR Name Tag - - A New Dog Bed - - A Starter Bag of Food -
1. Pets Lower Blood Pressure. A study of health patients showed that people over 40 who own pets had lower blood pressure than people who did not have pets. Another study showed that talking to pets decreases blood pressure.
2. Fewer Trips to the Doctor. Seniors who own dogs go to the doctor less than those who do not. In a study of 1,000 Medicare patients, even the most highly stressed dog owner/guardians in the study had 21 percent fewer physician's contacts than non-dog owner/guardians.
3. Less Depression. Studies show that seniors with pets do not become depressed as often as those without pets.
4. Easier to Make Friends. Seniors with pets meet more people and like to talk about their pets.
5. Seniors Become More Active. Seniors with pets go for more walks and are generally more active than those without pets.
6. Pets are Friends. Most everyone, but especially seniors, will say that pets are their friends.
7. Pets Ease Loss. Older people who suffer the loss of a spouse and own a pet are less likely to experience deterioration in health following that stressful event.
8. Pets Fight Loneliness. You are less likely to be lonely with a canine or feline friend around.
9. Taking Better Care of Themselves. Seniors take good care of their pets and better care of themselves when they own a pet.
10. Sense of Security. Pets help seniors to feel that someone they trust is always around.