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Senior People, Senior Pets May Make the Perfect Match

Luna Belle, an adoptable senior dog at Animal Friends

Adopting a rescue animal at any age is a good thing, but for people 60 and over, there are certain advantages that come with age. Not only are there special programs designed to make adopting a new companion more affordable, but bringing an animal into your home can also add a lot of joy to your retirement years.

According to, seniors benefit from having pets because they relieve stress and anxiety; prevent loneliness by providing companionship; help them feel needed; provide security and create opportunities for socializing with other pet owners, among others.

For seniors concerned with adding a new animal, a great option is to take home a senior pet. Not only are they less energetic (in most cases) than much younger animals, but they still have a lot of love to give.