Seniors lend a paw to pets in need
April is a special month for animals in need. This month marks the 151st birthday of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). Since 1866, the organization has helped animals all over the country get adopted through education. To celebrate this momentous anniversary and recognize the organization’s tireless effort to help everyone’s favorite furry and not-so-furry friends, Holiday Retirement communities have planned a variety of activities to benefit the organization and others like it.
Cooking for canines
In addition to collecting donations, residents at Holiday Retirement’s Golden Oaks senior living community will bake delicious doggie treats, donating them to pups in need. At the baking event, residents will use a special Holiday Retirement recipe for the cookies and add an extra flourish by cutting the treats into dog bone shapes using cookie cutters.
Golden Oaks residents are already planning their bus trip to the local animal shelter to drop off the donations and doggie treats and tour the facility. Golden Oaks regional enrichment coach Sheryl Jerome notes excitement is high for the tour, "animals can be such a great source of friendship and companionship for seniors, and we’re thrilled to give back to such a wonderful organization."
Regarding potential adoptions, Sheryl noted that the community “may come back with more ‘treasure’ than we left with!” Before the trip, any Golden Oaks residents considering adoption can review Holiday’s “Choosing the perfect pet for a senior” checklist for helpful tips.
Pet project helps stock the shelter
Inspired by other Holiday Retirement communities’ efforts supporting the ASPCA, dog- and cat-lovers united at Holiday Retirement's Windham Falls Estates where residents jumped at the chance to collect donations for their local shelter, Groton Animal Foundation. Thanks to these thoughtful older adults, needy animals at the local shelter will benefit from new, comfy beds, fun toys and yummy food like kibble and treats.
Kelly Gentile, enrichment coordinator at Windham Falls Estates said, "the donation box is already piled high, which is a testament to the special place pets hold in our hearts."
Helping animals in need through the ASPCA is only one way Holiday Retirement residents give back to their communities. Schedule a visit to learn about the wide variety of volunteer activities taking place at a Holiday Retirement community near you.