Pet’s Corner

Research has shown having a pet has several benefits for older adults, including higher levels of physical activity which in turn may lead to better health. As well, because pets need a routine of feeding, walking, etc., this gives older adults a daily routine. Pets can be protective against feelings of loneliness, provide emotional support, and give people something to talk about, perhaps a way to make friends or to chat to caregivers.

For those on a limited budget as most seniors, the costs of pet ownership may be prohibitive, or they may elect to spend money on a pet at the expense of food or other items for themselves. Friends and family may try to discourage seniors from getting a pet due to concerns about who will take care of the animal if the person moves into an assisted living facility or passes away.

Addressing these concerns is how Pet’s Corner came into fruition. These services are available for our Clients. Pet’s Corner accepts donations to help seniors care for their pets.

senior with dog

Keeping our promise to our clients who are no longer with us, are too frail to care for them, or moved into a long term care facility we have started an adoption page to help rehome displaced pets. Please see below our current pets available for adoption and email Edi Blume at blumeedi@gmail.com if interested in adopting.

Jimmy’s Place

Social isolation can have a profound toll on older adults. Depression and loneliness set in, and physical health and cognitive sharpness decline. While there is no substitute for compassionate and stimulating human contact, having a pet can help a senior thrive. 

senior holding cat

Jimmy’s Meals

We know that taking care of a pet is expensive, and keeping up with the feeding, grooming and veterinary care can be a burden for anyone!  Just imagine how tough it would be for an aging adult to take care of their pet and their needs!  When resources are limited, seniors might opt to feed the pet rather than themselves.  

Meals on Wheels, which delivers two hot meals a day to homebound seniors, developed this program called Jimmy’s Pets program to ensure that our seniors don’t have to worry about their pet’s food  and care. 

We are always looking for donation of pet food! 

If you would like to donate CLICK HERE

The Key Benefits of Having a Cat

1. They boost your mood
In a 2012 survey, 87 percent of cat owners said their feline had a positive effect on their well-being, and 76 percent felt like they coped with life better. Studies have found that “interacting with your cat can improve negative feelings, like fear or anxiety,” says Vitale. “Other research shows that cats can be a source of comfort.”

You can even get your feline fix — and the benefits of having a cat — online. In a study, people reported feeling more positive and energized after just watching cat videos. (FYI, you can get the benefits of nature just by looking at photos, too.)

2. They give definition to your days
“Having a creature that depends on you for their feeding and care can help create a routine and a sense of purpose,” says Vitale. So focus on strengthening the bond. “Just like humans, cats have different preferences,” says Vitale. “Some like being petted, while others prefer spending time next to you. Play with your cat using toys, pet her, brush her, or just talk to her, and see what she likes most.” You’ll both score the feel-good effects. (Good news: You can even take them with you on vacation to these pet-friendly resorts.)

3. They provide a sense of connection
Research shows that having a cat can help alleviate loneliness, says Vitale. That makes sense: A cat offers companionship, even if she’s just lying in the room with you while you work. Her presence also can give us a feeling of security, according to research. “We have learned to value the relationships with our pets more now,” says Udell. “During the pandemic, people have appreciated the little joys cats bring to their lives.”

Shape Magazine, July/August 2021 Issue

You can make a difference in the lives of seniors – and in the lives of animals – by making a donation to the Osceola Council on Aging’s Pet Corner.

Donate to Pet’s Corner