The “Seniors for Seniors” adoption program is aimed at connecting mature cats and dogs with people 60 and over. This program offers seniors age 60 or older a 60% discount when adopting a senior cat or dog (age 7 or older), resulting in a fee of only $60 to adopt a cat
or $80 to adopt a dog
. The adoption fee includes a vet check, vaccinations, de-worming, Feline Leukemia testing/Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, spay or neuter surgery, a microchip, a six-month City of Calgary licence and a bag of food.
The goal of the program is to help enrich the lives of both pets and people. Not only does adoption give a deserving animal a much needed home, the adopter can benefit from reduced loneliness and increased opportunities for exercise, socialization and companionship. Owning a pet also has health benefits, like lowering blood pressure and cholesterol.
Senior cats and dogs, while mature and well-socialized, are often overlooked by adopters because of their age. However, when well cared for, senior animals can be a source of love and companionship for many years to come.
Older pets are great for first-time pet owners or people who do not have the time or energy to deal with frisky puppies or kittens. Most senior animals are house-trained and likely have already received some obedience training. In addition, when you adopt a senior cat or dog, there are no surprises when it comes to his size or personality, making it easier to know if the pet will be a good fit in your home and for your lifestyle.