OAPA! (Older Adult Pet Adoption)

Research has shown the physical and emotional benefits of pet ownership, including reduced blood pressure and lowered stress levels. For older adults, especially if a spouse has passed away and children live far away, it gives them another living creature in the house always happy to see them, a special bond, and responsibility which gives them meaning and purpose in life.

What Is It?
The Older Adult Pet Adoption Program was created for those older adults wishing to experience the joy of pet companionship but, may be worried about what might happen if they encounter poor or declining health.

In the OAPA! program, when the older adult adopts the companion animal, he or she may designate someone to take the pet if he/she is unable to care for it.

Also a community volunteer will go into the older adult’s home every week for four weeks, then once a month, for the first year, to bond with both the pet owner and the animal.

An animal behavioral training consultant from the Caring Hands Humane Society will also make a house call during the second week and will be available to help at any time with any behavioral issues that might develop.

If the older adult becomes unable to take care of the animal, either temporarily or permanently, the animal would be assured placement in a loving home by the community volunteer and the Caring Hands Humane Society.

How Do I Participate?
All adult residnets of Harvey County, KS over the age of 60yrs is eleigible for the program Contact Lori Caring Hands Humane Society.

Are There Any Costs?
Participants in the program agree to complete Life Satisfaction Surveys periodically and to adopt a pet from the Caring Hands Humane Society at no charge.


Read the stories of our OAPA! participants!


The OAPA! Progam is a partnership between the Caring Hands Humane Society and: