Seniors for Seniors

The Champaign County Humane Society offers a program to match senior citizens with senior pets.  “Seniors for Seniors” allows qualified people, age 60 and older, to adopt a cat or dog, ten years or older with no adoption fee.

Remember the faithful pet that kept you company as a youngster?   When you adopt a senior animal from CCHS, you get to experience these joys again while making new memories with your furry companion. 

Experiencing a friendly greeting or the warm cuddle of a cat sitting on your lap is what our program is all about.

Pets are an important form of social contact for everyone.  The nice thing about pets is that they may grow older, but they will never grow up and move away.  They will always be your friends and companions.

For older animals, living with a senior citizen who will dote on them and spend a considerable amount of time allowing them to sit on their lap or lay at their feet, is the ideal new home.  Being adopted by someone who understands their calm nature and need for companionship is the perfect match for these senior animals. 

Companion animals can help improve our physical and mental health.  By adopting a new “best friend,” you can experience the benefits of decreased heart rate and blood pressure that so many people feel when they are relaxing with their pet. 

The senior population, particularly vulnerable to loneliness and stress-related diseases, can reap enormous benefits from pet companionship.

Every dog and cat that is adopted from the Champaign County Humane Society is spayed or neutered and has received basic vaccinations, a microchip, a parasitic check, and a general physical exam before they go home with you. 

You are also eligible for a free health examination by a participating veterinarian in our area.  The CCHS Staff is available to answer questions about your new pet.  If you become unable to take care of your new pet for any reason, you or a family member may return the animal to us at any time.