COMPARED TO NON-PET OWNERS
Sources: Stanley, I. H., Conwell, Y., Bowen, C., & Van Orden, K. A. (2014). Pet Ownership may Attenuate Loneliness Among Older Adult Primary Care Patients Who Live Alone. Aging & Mental Health, 18(3), 394–399. http://doi.org/10.1080/13607863.2013.837147; Siegel, J.M. (1990). Stressful life events and use of physician services among the elderly: The moderating role of pet ownership. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 58, 1081-1086.
Seniors with Pets
According to Meals on Wheels America: Seniors with pets are less likely to exhibit depression, report feelings of loneliness and experience illness.
But taking care of a pet – feeding, grooming and veterinary care – can be financially and physically burdensome to seniors. More often than not, a devoted animal lover with limited access to food will feed their hungry pet before they feed themselves
Senior Citizens and Hospice Patients
How we can help
Utopia For Pets provides at home services:
In home assistance for basic care such as basic pet grooming, changing cat litter box, walking your dog
Pet Food Services
Foster Care Services
Pet Legacy Program