Public perception of the word “senior” has changed significantly over the years, or at least it has for many baby boomers. A person now technically considered a senior may have simply reached age 55, and a senior dog may still be growing into his huge puppy feet.
While being labeled a senior may not normally please those in the 55+ set, this month it is a great age to be. November is officially “Adopt a Senior Pet Month” and the City of Folsom Animal Shelter near Sacramento is proving that being a senior definitely has its benefits.
During November, people 55 or older can adopt any cat or dog that is at least one year old for the small sum of 55 cents.
Beloved pets can get lost; no matter how determined the owner is to keep them indoors or in a fenced yard. To help insure the animal’s safe return home, new owners also need to get a pet license ($15 per year) at the time of adoption.
Cindy Walden, Animal Services Officer for the Folsom shelter, came up with the 55-cent promotion after speaking with a senior volunteer. The long-term, experienced volunteer wanted to adopt a cat but expressed that the upfront costs often make it difficult.
“Pets are essentially part of a health plan” for seniors says Walden, recognizing the positive physical and emotional health benefits of pet ownership.
However, between the poor economy and living on limited or fixed incomes, many seniors have trouble coming up with the funds to cover high adoption fees, pet deposits for landlords and the basic supplies needed for a new animal.
Walden stresses that the November program is geared towards people like the shelter volunteer, who can afford to pay for a pet’s feeding, care and health on a long term basis. The 55-cent promotion simply helps with the start-up costs.
To see some of the animals currently up for adoption, click on the slide show or visit the shelter website by clicking here.
Adoptable animals from the shelter have been spayed (females) or neutered (males), received their basic vaccinations and have been microchipped and tested for heartworm and other potential health issues.
Adopting a cat has one additional benefit; the shelter will provide a free cat carrier that converts into a pet bed.
The 55-cent promotion lasts through November, and the shelter is hosting a special open house event this Sunday, November 13, 2011 from 8:00 A.M. until 2:00 P.M.
- City of Folsom Animal Shelter – located inside Blue Ravine Animal Hospital
- 1770 Prairie City Road, Folsom
- Open House on Sunday, November 13, 2011- 8:00 A.M .to 2:00 P.M.
- Normal shelter hours are:
- Monday through Friday – 8:00 A.M .to 6:00 P.M.
- Saturday – 9:00 A.M to 4:00 P.M.
- For more information, call (916) 984-0990.
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