Many studies have shown that seniors living with pets are in better physical and mental health than those living without. This includes having lower blood pressure and decreased measures of stress. In fact, having a pet has been shown to help lower health care costs, as seniors with pets visit the doctor less frequently.
But pets are expensive. Food, vet visits, licensing and adoption fees can add up to a costly best friend. Luckily, there are breaks for seniors that lower every one of these listed expenses. Purina's Pets for Seniors program offers a $50 reduction in adoption expenses for spayed or neutered, microchipped pets 3 years or older with all their shots. Enrollment in the program also includes a coupon booklet for reduced prices on Purina pet foods.
Many local Humane Societies offer similar discounts to seniors.