On Wednesday morning at the Senior Center in Edgewater, the Annapolis SPCA held an event to try to connect senior citizens in the area with older pets, which are sometimes difficult to adopt. The event, “Seniors for Seniors,” was accompanied by a bake sale, raffle and other fundraisers. All of the money from the event went to the SPCA in Annapolis.
According to the Humane Society, older pets have several advantages, including:
- Older pets have great manners, mature personalities and quieter habits.
- Older pets are very loving, affectionate and devoted companions.
- Older pets are usually housebroken and less likely to chew, scratch and damage possessions.
- Older pets are focused to learn and most often, know basic commands.
In addition, some studies show that people who live alone can gain physical and emotional benefits from having a pet, including lower blood pressure, improved social skills, an increase in physical activity and reduced stress.
The SPCA brought four dogs and four cats to the event. One of the dogs was adopted, and there was definite interest in the others. Each adoptee has to undergo a background check in order to get a pet from the SPCA.
There were several tables for other fundraisers. One was run by Monica Hardesty of Severn, who has a “stuffed pet adoption” business, wherein people buy a stuffed pet for $5 and the money goes to charity.
“I pick them up for $1 or 50 cents at yard sales, clean them up and resell them. We give the money to SPCA,” Hardesty said.
Mindy Nelson ran a booth that was selling Macys August 27 “Shop for a Cause” coupons. Customers get 25 percent off and a portion of the shopping proceeds go to charity, in this case the SPCA. The coupons will be available for sale at the SPCA on Bay Ridge Road until August 27.
There was a 50-50 raffle, a free lunch, a bake sale, a silent auction and doorprizes for the seniors in attendance.