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SPCA hosts 'Marching Paws' to encourage older adults to adopt pets
SPCA hosts 'Marching Paws' to encourage older adults to adopt pets

CONWAY, Ark. – It’s no surprise that having a pet in your life can help you feel healthy, happy and more engaged with your community. But even more, they definitely help us feel young at heart. The impact of pets in the lives of older adults can be exceptionally amazing. According to Ed Kane, PhD, a few of the benefits include:

  • Pets encourage playfulness, exercise and laughter
  • Pets promote social interaction
  • Pet owners have fewer minor health problems, lower medical costs, better psychological well-being, and higher one-year survival rates following coronary heart disease.   

To help connect pets with those still young at heart, the Faulkner County S.P.C.A., will be partnering with Purina® to host an adoption event on March 23, 2013 at Pet Country. 2665 Donaghy Rd Conway from 10 am to 3 pm. At the Marching Paws, adults 55 plus will be invited to spend time visiting with the shelter’s adoptable dogs and consider bringing a furry friend into their home. 

 “Finding homeless pets permanent homes is our organization’s biggest priority,” says Lydia Grier, Director Faulkner County S.P.C.A.  “By introducing Faulkner County’s older adults to our pets, we are hoping to ensure not only the well-being of our pets, but also the well-being of those young at heart.” 

The Marching Paws event is part of a special program, created by Purina, which allows eligible adopters age 55 and older to adopt a pet at no cost.

“By rallying together with local shelters, we allow older adults to understand the benefits of having a pet as a companion, as well as provide resources to help bring a loving pet into their homes.” Purina Pets for People.

For more information, please visit www.purina.com/petsfor55plus.