Pets Together Program Provides Virtual Pet Therapy for Isolated People

Following public health guidelines can help keep all of us safe and healthy, but it sometimes can lead to social isolation and loneliness, especially among older adults.  That’s why the folks at the Animal Farm Foundation created Pets Together, a program that brings pets and people together virtually. People in need of a little “pet … Continue reading Pets Together Program Provides Virtual Pet Therapy for Isolated People

Owning a Dog Benefits People with Cardiovascular Disease

The American Heart Association recently published a study on the health benefits of dog ownership for people at risk for heart attack and stroke. According to the study, dog ownership is associated with a 33% lower risk of death for heart attack survivors who live alone, as compared to non-dog owners. Dog-owning stroke survivors who … Continue reading Owning a Dog Benefits People with Cardiovascular Disease

Study Finds Dog Ownership Significantly Improves the Health of Seniors

The correlation between pet ownership and our mental and physical well-being has been well-documented.  Sharing our lives with dogs, cats, and other companion animals makes us happy, and has health benefits like lowering stress and blood pressure.  But owning a dog and taking your best friend outside for regular walks and play sessions can be … Continue reading Study Finds Dog Ownership Significantly Improves the Health of Seniors

Heartwarming Video: Seniors Care for Orphaned Shelter Kittens

Orphaned baby kittens need lots of tender loving care, and Tucson, Arizona’s Pima Animal Care Center has teamed up with the nearby Catalina Springs Memory Care Center in an amazing partnership that benefits both the kittens and the center’s resident seniors.  The shelter brings the tiny kittens to be bottle-fed and cared for by the … Continue reading Heartwarming Video: Seniors Care for Orphaned Shelter Kittens

Pets and Seniors: Evaluating the Benefits and Risks

Dogs and cats can provide much needed love and companionship for elderly people living on their own. But is there ever a situation when it may be better for a senior citizen to forego pet ownership? The experts at Harvard Medical School say that the answer is yes…in certain circumstances. Studies show that people, including … Continue reading Pets and Seniors: Evaluating the Benefits and Risks