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Seniors Step Up For Animals at WECHS

Owning a pet has been proven to benefit all communities, especially seniors. Research has shown that having a pet has benefits for older adults, including higher levels of physical activity, which may lead to better health.

Because pets need a routine of feeding, walking, etc., this gives older adults a daily routine. Pets can be protective against feelings of loneliness, provide emotional support, give the seniors something to talk about, and may be a way to make new friends.

In honour of June being senior’s month, the Windsor/Essex County Humane Society (WECHS) has partnered again with Chartwell Retirement Residences across Windsor-Essex.

Chartwell retirement residences are organizing fundraisers for residents and staff to help the animals at WECHS, and in return staff members at WECHS are delivering letters and making visits with WECHS alumni to meet with Chartwell residents.

As Melanie Coulter, Executive Direction, WECHS points out “each year the Humane Society sees pets surrendered because their human is moving into a retirement home and is not allowed to bring their furry companions along. The separation is often heartbreaking for everyone involved.”

“In contrast, Chartwell welcomes their residents to bring their pets along with them when they move in! We’re thrilled to work with such responsible partners who understand that pets are family.”

WECHS is thankful for partnerships with our community and is looking to expand and deepen our relationships in the coming year for the betterment of our community and our animals.

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