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Pets love unconditionally. They are devoted to us at our best and our worst. Whether it is a canine companion, a colorful feathered friend, or a frisky feline, animals bring joy and improve quality of life.
It’s no secret—seniors can greatly benefit from furry companions. At Sunrise, we understand the wonder of pets and warmly welcome them into our communities. In fact, each Sunrise community has its own set of house pets.
Many people often express how when they save a pet through adoption, it’s the pet that actually “saved” them. Residents at Sunrise of Lincoln Park, IL, can agree! Their new pet, Howie, went from needing one loving owner to now having an entire community of residents caring for him. Howie originally came to Chicago’s Anti-Cruelty Society from Tennessee through the Rescue Waggin’ program, which relocates homeless pets from shelters to loving homes. He can now be found wandering around the community with residents, team members and family members. Howie also gets along great with visitors. Some of his favorite hobbies include begging for belly rubs, taking long naps and showing his affection.
Mr. Fry, the beloved community pet at Sunrise at River Road, AZ, is nominated for the 2015 Hero Dog Award, a contest held by the American Humane Association. Mr. Fry’s story is incredible! On a chilly night, the once homeless hound entered Fry’s market, located near Phoenix. He amazingly learned how to open the automatic doors so that he could enter the store to seek warmth and shelter from the cold. Store employees called Arizona Greyhound Rescue. Upon their arrival, they met with the store manager and the furry visitor who desperately needed a place to call home. Shortly after, it was established that this mystery dog is a Greyhound and Saluki mix, with a charming personality, and he was thereby named Mr. Fry.
Study after study has found that owning a pet has proven to benefit people in general, especially senior citizens. Animals ensure that their owners keep moving, requiring individuals to keep up with them and partake in all kinds of physical activities. Pets offer a certain degree of companionship and an ample amount of affection, which promotes mental health and lowers stress levels. In addition, taking care of an animal usually leads to more opportunities for interaction, which gives people a social outlet. With all of that said, those in senior living communities should choose wisely when it comes to picking the best pet possible.
Everybody loves pets. The lovable household critters are sure to put a smile on almost everyone's face. But did you know that in addition to filling your home with joy, pets can also help you improve your overall health? In fact, owning a pet can be a significant part of a healthy lifestyle for many seniors.
Anybody who has spent time with dogs knows what impact they can have on your mental state. If you're feeling stressed, depressed or anxious, just a few minutes with a four-legged friend can turn your whole outlook around. So it should come as no surprise that canine companions have become an important part of senior living for older adults around the country, and the house pet at Sunrise of Schaumburg is sure to charm even the most reluctant of residents.