As our senior citizens age many become a little slower-paced, a little less mobile and they don’t get out and about as much. For this segment of society the unconditional love and constant companionship of a pet can be a lifeline. That’s why the Nebraska Humane Society works to help elderly residents adopt and keep companion animals.
Ask about qualifying for Animeals at the Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging when you sign up for Meals on Wheels at (402)444-6766.
The Nebraska Humane Society’s Project PETS (Pet Enhanced Therapy for Seniors) works to adopt pets to area care facilities and nursing homes. All of the animals placed in a therapeutic environment undergo extensive training and socialization. They must adapt easily to new places, new people and new situations while maintaining a docile and affectionate personality.
The animals provide comfort day or night. They don’t mind being told the same story over and over. They don’t care if a resident is in a wheelchair, a bed, or can’t speak at all. They need attention to thrive and being needed makes the residents thrive.