What if low-income seniors who are having a hard time making ends meet could afford to adopt a senior or disabled pet. Senior, disabled, and sick pets can have expensive diets and medical bills. I have spoken to many people, especially older people who say this, “how can I afford the medical bills when I can barely pay my rent/mortgage/taxes,” etc. Pet insurance is so expensive for older pets and does not cover pre-existing conditions.
What if shelters worked with veterinarians to sponsor senior pets medical bills that would do well with an older person; how many lives could be saved? How much joy and love would this give senior citizens to adopt there new best friend would otherwise not be able to afford those bills. Taking care of a pet has been proven to provide older adults more joy, purpose, and needed exercise. A senior pet would not require as much work as a young dog or cat, which is also a good match for a senior citizen.
What can you do, take a moment a make a phone call to a veterinarian office and ask them if they would be willing to sponsor such a pet. If they do not agree, call another veterinarian, email, facebook, etc. Send them this post if you think my words can make a difference. When you find a veterinarian office willing to help, call your local shelter, and put them in contact with one another.
Please consider taking this idea, putting it into action! There are so many ways people can make a difference; donate, educate, volunteer, or just giving the voiceless a voice!
Make a dream a goal and make it happen!