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Senior Best Friends Pet Fostering Programme

Senior FosteringDSPCA & Home Instead Senior Care have teamed up to create a unique pet fostering service for senior citizens which enables them to foster a cat or dog for a number of weeks.

Extensive scientific research has proven that having a pet helps older people maintain a sense of purpose, feel less lonely and depressed, and encourages seniors to be healthier. Pet fostering is ideal for those that do not wish to commit to owning a pet full-time but would like to avail of the many benefits of pet ownership.

DSPCA receives hundreds of orphaned kittens and puppies and must find temporary foster homes for them until they are ready to be placed up for adoption. The length of stay in a foster home varies from 1 to 10 weeks and on occasion longer depending on the circumstance of the animal.

As well as conducting a home assessment and full briefing, the DSPCA provide the ‘foster parents’ with all of the leads, water-bowls, kitty-litter, beds and food – with thanks to supporters Nestle Purina – that are required so that there is no cost at all to the foster parent.

“Home Instead is proud to be working with the DSPCA on a programme that will give older people a greater sense of purpose and meaning, and animals a second chance,” said Ed Murphy, Chief Executive of Home Instead Senior Care which provides non-medical support allowing seniors to remain living independently in their own homes.

seniorfosterkitten“Animals can have a profound and positive impact on people. As an organisation, we look for ways in which we can help animals and improve people’s lives. Through our Senior Pet Fostering programme, we will save the lives of orphaned, abandoned and forgotten animals and provide meaningful experiences for seniors. This programme fulfills our core philosophy that by fostering a compassionate relationship between humans and animals, we create a kinder and more caring society.

For more information email  or telephone 01 499 4700.

Download the Senior Best Friends Pet Fostering Programme brochure.



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