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Companion Day at A.D.O.P.T. Pet Shelter

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  • Chester is one of about 40 dogs available for adoption.

    Chester is one of about 40 dogs available for adoption.
    Sandra Wilcoxon

Sandra Wilcoxon

It's no surprise that having a pet in your life can help you feel healthy, happy and more engaged with your community. But even more, they definitely help us feel young at heart. The impact of pets in the lives of older adults can be exceptionally amazing. According to Ed Kane , PhD, a few of the benefits include:

• Pets encourage playfulness, exercise and laughter

• Pets promote social interaction

• Pet owners have fewer minor health problems and better psychological well-being.

To help connect pets with those still young at heart, A.D.O.P.T. Pet Shelter, will be partnering with PurinaŽ to host an adoption event on Saturday, March 30 at 420 Industrial Drive, Naperville from Noon to 3 p.m. At the "Companion Day" event, adults 55 plus will be invited to spend time visiting with the shelter's adoptable dogs and cats and consider bringing a furry friend into their home.

"Finding permanent, loving homes for our animals is our organization's biggest priority," says Sandra Wilcoxon from A.D.O.P.T. Pet Shelter. "By introducing older adults to our cats and dogs, we are hoping to ensure not only the well-being of these pets, but also the well-being of those young at heart."

"Companion Day" is part of a special program, created by Purina, which allows eligible people age 55 and older to adopt a pet at no cost--simply mention the program at the shelter.

"We truly understand the joy and benefits pets bring to people of all ages, especially those over 55," said Steve Cohn, of Purina. "By rallying together with local shelters, we help older adults understand the benefits of having a pet as a companion, as well as provide resources to help bring a loving pet into their homes."

For more information, please visit and see adoptable dogs and cats at