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 Prince William Humane Society 
 17983 Dumfries Shopping Plaza 
 Dumfries, VA 22026 
 Hours of Operation: 
 Monday-Thursday 10am-6pm 
 Friday Closed 
 Saturday 10am-4pm 
 Sunday 12pm-4pm 
 Phone: (703) 634-0880        Email: 

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Seniors 4 Seniors

Adoption Program - Placing Adoptable Pets Over 6 Years Old with Pet Lovers Over 60 Years Old

This discounted adoption program began in May of 2012 with the purpose of placing adoptable pets over six years old with pet lovers over 60 years old. Research shows that pets provide innumerable health, social and other benefits to the elderly. 90% of seniors polled say they are less lonely and much happier since adopting an animal. As of Dec. 2017, we have brought love and happiness to 159 senior pets. 

Some of the health benefits noted in research include:

  • Pets provide the opportunity for exercise and reminds pet owners to take care of themselves.

  • Pets improve the quality of life and may even have a positive impact on longevity.

  • Pets provided a much-needed natural outlet for touching and cuddling.

  • Pets reduce levels of known risk factors for cardiovascular disease.

  • Pet owners experience more symptoms of well-being and less depression resulting in visits to doctors less often.

  • Being around pets has been shown to increase mental alertness and lift the spirits of people with Alzheimer’s disease.


Some self-esteem benefits include:

  • Increasing their interest in life by giving them something to care for.

  • Trigger a reversal of many negative self-images.

  • Diverting an older person’s attention away from himself and onto the playful antics of a dog or cat.

  • Experiencing the feeling of unconditional love helps build self-esteem.

  • Pets give people a sense of purpose, provide nonjudgmental acceptance, and allow people to become attached to something – and feel that something is attached to them. 

Some of the social benefits include:

  • Pets can help bridge the feeling of isolation by serving as a social catalyst between young and old.

  • Pets restore order to their basic lives and provide a more secure grasp of reality.

  • Pets link their owners to a community of caring, concern, sacrifice, and intense emotional relationships.

The Prince William Humane Society wants to thank the LUCAS Cares Spay/Neuter Fund for paying the spay/neuter fees on behalf of our senior adopters.

With all these positive benefits for both the Senior Pet and Pet Owner, adopting a pet seems like a wonderful way to help improve the lives of our senior citizens.


Thank you for making a difference in the lives of countless pets. Without your donations, gifts and support this wouldn't be possible.