Apr 29 Care Mission

Share Your Pet

Pets can bring unconditional love, laughs, and companionship. Learn how animals can help some seniors have a better quality of life, and get ready to share your pet.

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Pets can have a positive impact on quality of life. According to APlaceforMom.com, as little as just 15 minutes bonding with an animal sets off a chemical chain reaction in the brain, lowering levels of the fight-or-flight hormone, cortisol, and increasing production of the feel-good hormone serotonin. Over the long-term, these interactions have shown a decrease in lower cholesterol levels, improved mood and signs of protecting against heart disease and stroke. This may be particular beneficial for seniors.

Some seniors may not be able to care for pets independently. That’s where you can come in! Here are five ways your senior neighbor, relative, or friend could benefit from a family pet:

  1. Invite a senior for a walk with you and your dog. Combine a great exercise with some quality time with your four-legged friend.

  2. Bring a well-behaved pet to visit a senior. Spread some joy by bringing your pampered pet to visit a senior.

  3. Invite a senior to visit your home and your pets. Not all pets can be transported easily. Whether you have a playful kitten or backyard chickens, interacting with your animals in your home can provide that “feel good” connection some seniors may enjoy.

  4. Seniors as pet sitters. Maybe an active older adult doesn’t want the responsibility of owning a pet, but enjoys caring for them. Having them help you walk your dog or care for your cat while on vacation could be a benefit for you both.

  5. Share photos and stories. If you can’t share your cherished pet in person, bring photos and stories. They make great conversation starters and are likely to be a source of entertainment for both of you.

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Community Comments

  1. We have a very high energy 2 yr old small dog who doesn’t really accept new people in his life! He is ok with those that come to our home to visit, after awhile! Very protective of us and wouldn’t be a good candidate for this mission! 😔. When my mother was in a care facility she fell in love with the dog that resided there! I know how comforting it can be! Our pup is a great companion US! 💙

    Nancy Cooksey
    29 Missions Completed
  2. I have shared my kitty with clients! She enjoyed it and so did they!

    Rita
    8 Missions Completed
  3. A friend of mine has been staying at my house for about 2 weeks. She has several cats but I have a dog and recently I have acquired my daughter’s dog. She was very depressed when she first came to my house but the dogs have certainly cheered her up. Especially my daughter s dog which she is calling her kid now. And this has helped me alot since my dog is jealous. Really good to she my friend smile again!

    Darla
    4 Missions Completed
  4. Next door neighbor overjoyed to see my black lab – Mace

    Kelly
    3 Missions Completed
  5. Worked at cathedral soup kitchen yesterday and made a conscious choice to make eye contact, smiled and said have a great day to each one

    Eileen
    2 Missions Completed
  6. I brought pictures of my little Shih-Tzu Prince JJ to my elderly woman who said she would love to paint a picture of him for me! When I showed her the pics of him she smiled and put the pictures on her heart and said how cute he was! It made her day… And mine too!

    Julie
    12 Missions Completed
  7. I take my dog to work with me and although not all of my coworkers are seniors,Scrappy sure knows how to make people smile. Some people come by just to pet him and you can just see the worries melt away. He really brightens everyones day.

    Darla
    4 Missions Completed
  8. When i take care of sparrow ,this always accept those persons who are my relatives ..

    Usman
    9 Missions Completed
  9. Every nite I come home to 12 pales of legs that simply adore me. Looking into those eyes knowing they love me unconditionally unlike some people give me a calm reaction

    Donna
    2 Missions Completed
  10. I take my kitty to visit dad! It makes him smile.

    Merry
    12 Missions Completed
  11. So my senior neighbor recently lost her husband. He had been in the nursing home for almost 10 years. My neighbor, when she originally moved here, had two toy poodles. They were littermates. They each reached a point where euthanasia was the only option. After that, my neighbor kind of pulled in. When she was ready, she found another toy poodle pup. NOW, my neighbor is thinking that she is going to have to move into some type of assisted living facility. She is allowed to bring her dog with her, but the dog is used to being able to go in and out of the house at will. Sharon is worried that she will not be able to walk her each day. If she needs assistance with that, she will have to pay quite a bit more to have someone walk her dog for her. Suddenly Sharon is having to deal with the additional stress of possibly re-homing her baby along with readjusting to a new home. When we take our walks, I am trying to get Sharon to realize that she could possibly take this task on, at least for a while. She’s in for enough change!!

    Terri
    3 Missions Completed
  12. I brought my 7 year old puggle – Winnie to see my boyfriends mom. She was just as happy to see Winnie as Winnie was to see her. They watched tv together. Winnie loves her grammie!!

    Lynnette
    2 Missions Completed
  13. Let my dog stay with a Senior extra time for the love and company

    Linda
    5 Missions Completed
  14. I shared pictures of my sons police dog with several of my home bound church members via text.

    Melissa
    4 Missions Completed

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