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Helping to Ensure Continuous Care for Our Companion Animals

Did you know? Scientific research says that including a pet as a part of your family brings huge health benefits, especially for those of us over 65 years of age. Here are a few of the results from these studies:

 The simple act of holding an animal can relieve symptoms of depression, lower blood pressure, and even decrease surgical patients’ healing times.

 The long-term survival rates of heart attack victims who had a pet are significantly longer than for those who did not.

 Widows who have cats are better off medically during their first year, which is a critical stress time, than widows who do not.

 Pet owners have lower triglyceride and cholesterol levels than non-owners.

 One year after having a myocardial infarction, dog owners were more likely to still be living.

 Dog walking, pet grooming, and even petting provide increased physical activity that strengthens the heart, improves blood circulation, and slows the loss of bone tissue.

 The most serious disease for older persons is not cancer or heart disease — it’s loneliness. Love is the most important health tonic we have, and pets are one of nature’s best sources of love.  [top]

Companion Animals for Seniors
Companions for Seniors - 2nd Chance 4 PetsThis program has been established by 2nd Chance 4 Pets in an effort to encourage seniors to include pets as part of their families and to help those seniors with pets appropriately plan for their lifetime care.

 As indicated above, pets offer significant health benefits and provide wonderful companionship to the elderly. It’s important to consider the pet’s life expectancy before adopting the pet.

 Seniors – and the majority of pet owners – typically are unaware of their planning options to provide lifetime care for their pets. Through our Companions for Seniors Program, our group concentrates our efforts towards providing senior communities with education, support and resources to ensure that seniors have the information they need to appropriately plan for the ongoing care of their animal companions.
Companions for Seniors Program

In addition to providing education and information to help seniors plan appropriately for the lifetime care of their pets, our program invites local animal shelter and animal rescue groups to participate in presentations to senior groups. We introduce these organizations to the senior communities and encourage seniors to adopt appropriate pets from them.

Who is 2nd Chance 4 Pets?

2nd Chance 4 Pets Home More than 500,000 companion animals are relinquished and euthanized in shelters each year due to the death or disability of their owners who care for them

 We are a volunteer-run, nonprofit organization with the mission to reduce the number of pets euthanized in shelters due to the death or disability of their human companions

 We are the only organization addressing this problem nationally  [top]



Lifetime Care Options: The Three Important Components
Our pets do so much for us, yet few of us have done anything to ensure their long-term care. Having a lifetime care plan for your pet will provide peace of mind by insuring that the animals you love have the kind of life you want to give them — even if you’re not around to provide care.

A comprehensive care plan includes:

Caregivers – Identify people who could step in to take care of your pets temporarily, in the hours, days, or weeks after an emergency, or who would adopt your pets should you die or become incapacitated. If you cannot find friends, relatives, or neighbors to care for your pets, your veterinarian, local pet sitters and animal rescue groups may be able to help you locate potential caregivers.

Instructions – How do you want your pets to live — in another household or in a sanctuary? What kind of special care do your pets require? Do you want your pets to stay together? To make sure that your wishes are followed, your instructions must be written down and someone must know where to find them.

Financing – You pay for food, shelter, supplies and medical care for your pets. Those expenses won’t stop if you aren’t here to pay them. You may want to set aside funds for temporary or foster care, transportation to a new home, and the ongoing care for your pets.


Could This Happen to You?
The following letter is reprinted by permission of Mike Arms, Executive Director of the Helen Woodward Animal Center. Mike is a hero to thousands of homeless animals and an inspiration to pet owners and animal welfare groups. If you are in the San Diego area, stop by and see the Helen Woodward Animal Center, a haven for pets in need. For more information about the Helen Woodward Animal Center please go to www.animalcenter.org.
Could this happen to your pet? You bet!

This morning I woke up feeling great. Ran to the door and found my best friend waiting for me. We went for our usual morning walk. My friend does most of the talking, but I am happy just to be listening. My best friend’s words are always soothing and comforting. After our walk, we went back home and had breakfast together. I got kissed on my nose and my best friend went off to work. Now comes my boring time. I walk around the house making sure everything is safe and secure, then I just lay on the couch or the bed or the easy chair waiting for my best friend to come home.

Today is different. Night has fallen. My friend normally is home by now. It is getting late. I’m starting to worry. I hope she gets home soon. I’m starting to get hungry. You know I don’t care if I get to eat or not. I don’t complain. Please come home. I miss you. I am so tired now. Why is it getting light out again? This is so strange. I need to get on the bed. I can smell my friend was here. This is where I feel safe. Wait! I hear someone at the door — it must be her, No, it is someone I don’t know. Who are you? Why are you coming in here? Are you going to hurt me? Rob my friend’s home? What am I supposed to do? I know. I will act mean. I will growl, bark, defend my friend’s home the best that I can. They have just put a leash on me. They are trying to talk calmly to me, but I don’t trust them. I will still act mean. I just heard them say my friend’s name and something about a fatal heart attack. Now I am in a small cement barred area. This is not the food I normally eat. These are not the smells I normally smell. I am so scared. I still need to act mean. I know my friend must be trying to find me. I have been here for about a week now. I hear people talking about me being aggressive. Wait. They are opening my door. They are putting that leash on me again. My friend must be here. Now I am in the exam room. Oh I see the needle again. My friend always told me the needles will help keep me healthy. I felt the pinch — this needle is different. Something is happening. I feel very sleepy…where is my friend?

We know how much you care about your beloved pets. Please make sure this does not happen to your friends.  [top]
 “Both PAWS and 2nd Chance 4 Pets recognize the importance of the bond between pet and owner and the distress a pet owner with a terminal illness experiences when they become apprehensive about the fate of their beloved pets.  The efforts of 2nd Chance 4 Pets will positively and significantly impact the lives of those living with HIV/AIDS, others with terminal illnesses, their pets,  pets in our communities and around the country.” John Lipp, Executive Director, PAWS San Francisco  “The tragedy of 9-11 forced many of us to realize that we need to plan ahead for the care of all aspects of our lives - including our pets. We are encouraging pet owners to make sure that should anything happen, their pets are cared for. The lives of thousands of animals will be saved, and pet owners will benefit from peace of mind knowing that they have planned for the lifetime care of their pets.” Jane Hoffman, President of the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals
 “575 dogs and cats were put to death in US shelters every hour last year. Since many of these animals are healthy and adoptable, the efforts of 2nd Chance 4 Pets have tremendous potential to significantly reduce these numbers. It will guarantee life for pets that have provided constant love and companionship.” Cyrus Mejia, artist and creator of The Best Friends Animal Society Art Project, a memorial to these pets.

 “In just the last 5 years, I have seen hundreds of pets end up in shelters when their owners pass away who do not find new homes and are tragically euthanized. It haunts me. I am grateful for your efforts and now have hope. 2nd Chance for Pets is going to save animals lives and bring me peace.” Animal Control Officer, Fresno, California



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