Pets and Loving Seniors (PALS)
Senior citizens in our community are often isolated. Nursing homes and elderly housing often serve to remove seniors from the mainstream of the community, which results in an “out of sight, out of mind” response from the community at large. The elderly often suffer from depression and isolation, and their physical health is affected by the situation. Frustration, confusion, grief and loss of self-esteem are daily occurrences in the lives of institutionalized or isolated elders. Distance and ever busier schedules often prevent younger family members from staying as connected as they would like.
Pets provide many links in the chain of wellness for the elderly. Companionship and unconditional love are the linchpins, giving the older person a focus and someone to share their days. Studies have proven that people who live with pets have lower rates of heart attack and heart disease. Seniors who have pets or who interact with companion animals on a regular basis tend to be more connected with reality, and suffer less from depression and dementia. Pets also give seniors a way to stay connected with the community by interacting with others about the animal.
PAWS of Bainbridge Island and North Kitsap honors the bond between seniors and pets by providing a range of services.
If you are now a pet owner…
You can pick up an assistance application at your local senior center.
If you would like to be a pet owner…
A healthy, older cat would join your home as a permanent foster. PAWS would retain ownership and pay for food, litter and vet visits.
This arrangement is a “win-win” for cats not likely to be adopted due to their age and for seniors who want to enjoy the companionship of a pet.
If you, or someone you love lives in a nursing home, rehab center or senior living facility...
Ask the facility director or activity coordinator about visits from Therapy dogs, trained and certified dog and handler teams provide visitations for socialization, companionship.
"I want to thank you so much for the help from PAWS in paying some of our vet bill. We were so shocked when the injury to our doggie, Snoodles, turned out to be so major with the loss of her eye. Not only was the severity upsetting, we just didn't know how we were going to pay the vet bill from Social Security. We are stretched to the limit helping to raise our 2 grandchildren who spend a lot of time with us and their single dad. Snoodles is doing great although she hates the "halo" collar and does not like being cooped up in the house, she would much rather be out in the yard with the grandkids. Thank you again. We so appreciate all your help!"
Serving the Underserved
Pets improve our lives in so many ways! They provide love and companionship as well as documented benefits to our physical health and mental well-being. Nowhere are the benefits of the human-animal bond more apparent than with senior citizens. It is not surprising that this group, often marginalized by human society, find the most compelling connection when forming a bond with a pet.
As an animal welfare society, our mission at PAWS is centered on celebrating and strengthening the human-animal bond. All of our programs are developed to protect, enrich and enhance the lives of companion animals on Bainbridge Island and in North Kitsap. The hallmark of any successful program is when the needs of the animals are met in conjunction with the needs of the community.
Resources for Seniors
Bainbridge Island Senior Community Center 370 Brien Dr Bainbridge - Jane Allan
Kingston Senior Community Center PO Box 614 Kingston - Terry Pratt
North Kitsap Senior Citizens Center 18972 Front St NW Poulsbo- Jerry Bolgen
Port Gamble S'Kallam Tribe-Senior Ctr 31912 Little Boston Rd NE Kingston - Susan Hanna
Suquamish Tribe Elder's Lodge PO Box 498 Suquamish - Ivey Cheyney
Your donation will help a lonely senior enjoy the companionship of a four-legged friend
Your donation of $86.87 will pay for an annual geriatric screening for a PALS senior cat.
PAWS is pleased to announce that we received a grant from the ASPCA for $5000.00 to provide partial funding of the PALS Veterinary Assistance Program.