Adopting a poodle or pet should be affordable to seniors

Adopting a poodle or pet should be affordable to seniors.  Many senior citizens love to have a poodle or another type of dog as a companion.  Just because a person is an elder man or woman, that does not mean they should be excluded from caring for a pet.

senior with poodle

Seniors should be able to enjoy and care for a poodle like this one

But sometimes, people just can’t come up with the extra cash to cover the adoption fee, whether it is $50 or $100.  This not only limits the number of seniors who wish to adopt, but also the number of pets that are going to find a home.  What happens to all of the dogs that cannot find a home?  Many of them have to be put to sleep, which is a serious concern for those who love animals.

But now, a new program in Burlington County, PA has allowed the pet adoption fees to be waived for seniors who wish to adopt. had the following to report about this new program designed to help seniors with limited means adopt a pet.

“The Free Pets for Seniors programs is off to a good start, with about a half-dozen adoptions so far under the program,” said John Richardson, one of the shelter’s adoption advocates and, in my experience, a very good egg. The work is important to him, and John seems to have a soft spot not only for the animals, but for humans, too. That’s not always the case with rescuers. We humans can be a handful.
“As you know, cats and small dogs are popular with seniors, and seniors can often provide the ideal, quiet homes that many animals prefer and do best in. But I should also mention that a larger, energetic dog went to a home with an octogenarian who runs every day and looks amazing. … It is one of those stories that remind you why you deal with all the stress and sorrow.”
A solid match based on what was best for animal and human. Yay!
In addition to the completed adoptions, the shelter staff is noticing “an appreciable uptick in inquiries, and (we) have great hopes that this will prove to be another highly successful adoption promotion that will benefit both our animals and some great adopters,” John said.
Read the full story here

As we know, there are so many positive benefits to owning and caring for a little poodle, dog or cat and for seniors, it can make all the difference in the world.  Besides having the company and companionship these animals bring, the benefits to the health of people who care for a dog include getting more exercise and lowering blood pressure and stress levels.
Adopting a poodle or pet should be affordable to seniors and to anyone who wants to care for a pet.  I am happy to report that this new program will help those seniors who want to adopt a loving animal companion.



  1. I enjoy Thursday morning so much because of your newsletter.
    I have something to add to the story of seniors adopting pets.
    Not only are the adoption fees high, but also the vet care. I had written a letter to our local newspaper about the high cost of vet bills. They tell seniors that they should get a pet (companion) for the love and affection a pet will bring them and also give them the exercise needed if they are able to take a dog for a walk. However, many seniors just cannot afford the money to lay out for shots and general care a pet would need. Which is a sad case, since both the senior and the animal would have so much benefit for each other.
    I wanted to have Cappy neutered, but just could not afford the $350 to have it done. Besides, he would have to stay at the animal clinic overnight and would be petrified with all the dogs barking. So, he is still ”in tact”. I would love to mate him with another Poodle to see if the trait of alerting to a diabetic would come through in the pups. It isn’t easy finding a female Poodle that has not been neutered.
    Well, I just wanted to add my two-cents to that article.

    • admin says:

      I certainly understand your feelings here, and I appreciate your comments. Yes, vet bills can certainly be very expensive.
      Thanks so much for reading and for your feedback and thoughts on this subject.

  2. Veronica Taylor says:

    Vet should offer a reduced fee for Senior Citizens most other organizations and retail stores do help that way. Another way would be for the pet food industries to offer a discount also.

    • admin says:

      I agree with you Veronica. These are excellent suggestions and should be considered by Vets. Pets are an essential part of
      many Senior Citizen’s lives.
      Thanks for your valued comments!

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