Senior Pets for Senior People
Research has identified benefits to seniors owning pets such as:
- effectively reducing loneliness,
- ability to better cope with stressful situations,
- increasing social and verbal interactions, and
- mobilising our seniors residents by increasing their physical activity by taking their dog for a walk.
All cats and dogs in this program are of mature age and more settled in their nature and checked by Council's veterinarian. They receive a behavioural and orthopaedic assessment to ensure suitability. All other health and temperament checks are performed in line with Council's current practice.
Residents who hold a federal or state government seniors card are provided with free lifetime registration.
If you would like to provide a loving home for a mature aged cat or dog, complete the Registration of Interest - Senior Pets for Senior People form (PDF 143 KB).
As cats and dogs become available for rehousing registration of interest applicants are checked and contacted if a match is found. Otherwise, the pets are advertised on FM101 free to holders of a seniors card. All applicants then have a pre-adoption interview to ensure compatibility.