Bringing smiles to seniors one visit at a time.

Pets Also Work With Seniors

Volunteering with pets, or pet therapy, is a popular program for animal lovers. Many volunteers opt to bring in their different pets, and facilities also request them. This isn’t surprising, since Senior Smiles strives to provide therapy based on senior interests, and studies have shown that seniors are less lonely with animals nearby.

Plus, many volunteers find it easier to connect with seniors when their pets are around. Even seniors with severe dementia reach out to animals!

Animals provide seniors with love and physical contact, as evidenced by studies about their psychological and physiological benefits. The presence of animals truly enhances seniors’ quality of life.

Rules for Dogs and Cats:

If you have a calm and gentle pet that you would like to volunteer with, please make sure pets satisfy the following requirements below. This is for safety and health reasons.

    • A good demeanor / non-agressive personality

    • Current vaccinations

    • A bath 24 hours prior to entering the facility

    • Being on a leash for the entire duration of the visit

    • (Cats only) Protective booties on paws for non-declawed cats