Humane Society Encourages Seniors to Adopt Cats

The new adoption program, “A Senior for a Senior,” places adult cats with senior citizens.

Posted: February 18 2008 2 a.m. EDT

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Humane Society Encourages Seniors to Adopt Cats
The "A Senior for a Senior" program waives the adoption fee when an older person adopts a cat over the age of 6 years old.
Residents of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, age 60 and older can adopt an adult cat for free, thanks to a new adoption program at the Edmonton Humane Society. The program, called “A Senior for a Senior,” waives the $110 adoption fee when an older pet owner adopts a cat over the age of 6 years old, the Edmonton Journal reports.

The humane society developed the program in part to find homes for older cats, which may spend more time in the shelter before being adopted, said Diane Shannon, Edmonton Humane Society spokeswoman. “When an older cat is surrendered and confined to a kennel, typically they stay there a lot longer because most people are looking for a kitten or younger cat they can spend the cat’s whole life with.”

Response to the new program has been positive so far. “My own cat is 9 years old, and I don’t think she’s old,” said Meg Hunter, a 95-year-old volunteer at the humane society. “I couldn’t live without that cat.”

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Ellen    Attleboro, MA

2/19/2008 12:42:00 AM

great idea for seniors~

Karen    Standish, ME

2/19/2008 12:00:08 AM

I think this program is great for both parties! We have some programs like this in Maine.

KELLY    BELLEVILLE, MI

2/18/2008 10:32:59 PM

THIS PROGRAM IS GREAT! I WISH THEY DID THAT IN THE DETROIT AREA

Maie    Santa Clara, CA

2/18/2008 9:33:29 PM

I think that this is a great way to help older cats find homes, because most people want to adopt a younger cat or kitten, and they do not realize that adopting an older cat also has benefits that do not come from adopting a kitten. Also, people are attracted more to kittens' looks, rather than personality, which can change over time. With an older cat, what you see is what you get. I think that this is a great program!

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