Tips to make pet adoption easier for seniors
By Robin Zeplin
It’s been a long, lonely year for a lot of us. And maybe you’re a senior ready for the unconditional love that only a pet can provide. An animal offers more than companionship. A dog or cat can also help you achieve better physical and emotional health — lowering blood pressure, helping you stay active and increasing production of the “feel-good” hormone, serotonin.
But finding the right pet can actually raise your blood pressure! Where do you start? Here are some tips to make it easier to bring home and start enjoying your new, best friend.
Shelters near you make it simple.
3901 Martha Truman Road
Hours: 10 am – 8 pm Tues – Sat., 10 am – 5 pm Sun
- First login to their website. and choose your ideal dog(s) or cat(s).
- Leave a message that includes the name of the animal(s) you are interested in. Someone will return your call within 48 hours to answer your questions.
- If you like what you hear, drop in and meet your potential new companion.
- If you fall in love, complete the adoption process and take your new friend home.
Kansas City Pet Project (KCPP)
7077 Elmwood Ave. (Swope Park)
Hours: Noon – 6 pm, Mon – Sat., Noon – 5 pm, Sun.
Because of the pandemic, KCPP asks that you go to the shelter website first to look for the perfect buddy. When you find him/her, call and press 4 to make an appointment.
- Once there, an associate will help you fill out a survey, and meet the dog(s) or cat(s) of your choice.
- If you decide to adopt, you’ll spend about an hour discussing details and filling out paperwork.
- Ask about senior discounts.
Want a small dog? They tend to go fast. To boost your chances:
- Fill out an online form indicating your breed and size preference. You’ll be notified by email when a match is available.
- If you see a small dog you like on a Stray Hold, put down a $50 deposit. If not reclaimed by their owners, it’s yours.
NOTE: At both major shelters:
- Animals are fully vetted (neutered/spayed/vaccinated) before they go home with you.
- You have 30 days to return the pet if it doesn’t work out.
More sources for small dogs and senior animals
In addition to shelters, consider the following rescues, many of which feature small dogs, cats and senior animals. Senior pets make great companions as they are usually already house trained, and often calm and affectionate.
New Beginnings Dog Rescue
Web site: newbeginningsdogrescue.com
Always and Forever Midwest Animal Sanctuary for Senior Dogs
Spring Hill KS.
Angels Furever Foundation (senior dogs)
Lee Summit, MO
Pampered Paws Pomeranian Rescue
Kansas City (Waldo)
Heart of America Humane Society
Dogs available at Petsmart in Olathe
16255 W. 119 St.
Cats available at Petsmart
11501 Metcalf Ave.
Best of luck and happy tails to you!