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Pets – The Answer to Senior Loneliness?

 For the Love of the Dog:

December 10, 2007 | By Admin In Article, Tail Waggin’ Good, Video |

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Senior Partners: Older Americans and Mature Pets

By Rebecca Simmons

When Marjorie Smith walked into the Idaho Humane Society in Boise several years ago, the 72-year-old was struggling with the recent loss of her son and the 9-11 tragedy.

Like thousands of other seniors, Smith was battling a problem that threatened to consume her. The retired secretary wasn’t suffering from cancer or heart disease, but from loneliness. Divorced and living alone, Smith was looking for something, or someone, to help her.

Gus had been waiting patiently, but his family still hadn’t come back for him. A 10-year-old Scottish terrier, he had spent his entire life with the same family. But once the children had grown up and moved away, Gus was forced to spend his days alone. His family felt that they didn’t have the time to take care of him anymore and decided to relinquish Gus to the local shelter.

It’s a common scenario all across America. Divorce ends marriages, children move, family and friends pass away and, as we age, loneliness and depression become all too familiar. But many seniors have found a way to combat isolation—by adopting a pet through their local shelter.

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December 10, 2007 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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