Pets 4 Pals is an amazing concept! Not only do they unite lonely seniors with discarded pets, they provide ongoing support with supplies and care!
This organization meets SO many needs! First, they are saving animals from euthanization, which is reaching an all time high in Ventura County. Next, they provide companions for isolated and lonely seniors, and by providing after support they provide social interaction for them as well as a way to check in on them. This gives piece of mind to loved ones, as well as, care givers, who hate to leave when seniors are all alone.
This is huge because 10,000 baby boomers are reaching the age of 65 EVERY DAY in the United States. In 15 years the number of seniors will double, this means more than 8 million in California alone! More than 50% of seniors live alone and one of their greatest fears is isolation and loneliness. Did you know that health risks and death increase by almost 50% for seniors living alone?
Pets serve a great purpose for the elderly; they give them unconditional love, a reason to get up every day, a sense of security, they reduce anxiety and depression. Studies have shown that they actually lower blood pressure and chloresterol, as well as increase senior's abilities to better perform physical daily activities.
The 3rd benefit of Pets 4 Pals is less need for health care. By improving health risks, seniors require fewer doctors visits. In fact, studies confirm there are 30% less visits by seniors owning pets and the risk of death actually decreases by 46%!
Pets 4 Pals is doing great things! I believe you will be hearing more and more about them and I highly suggest them as being a donor worthy organization!