Pets Together

 

Virtually bringing pets and people together to reduce social isolation and loneliness

Social isolation and loneliness are critical public health threats, especially for older adults and those who live in group settings. In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, that threat is increasing. As we all stay home to protect one another from the virus, we must also protect each other from these public health risks.

Using video chat services, like Zoom, Pets Together lets people virtually visit with pets (and their people) to stay socially connected and engaged.

What People Are Saying:

“I cannot thank you all enough for the wonderful virtual visit. Our residents talked about the program into dinner. It was well-received. We look forward to the next one!”

Gail Foust-Shivers

Program Coordinator, Brookdale Urbana

“Thank you so much for yesterday’s visits. My residents really enjoyed it. They have requested that I schedule another visit with you if it is possible. Have a great day!”

Cheryl

Mease Manor Continuing Care

More About Us

This is a time when we all want to help others but stay-at-home orders make that difficult. We’re changing that. Traditionally, pet visits in group settings are reserved for therapy dog programs with strict regulations. We’re regular folks who just want to do something good for their fellow humans. Since our visits are virtual, we decided to bring the whole farm! In addition to dogs and cat, our pets also include horses, donkeys, goats, and chickens!

About Social Isolation

Social isolation and loneliness affect people who have few social contacts and lack an overall sense of belonging. It disproportionately affects older adults, who are often marginalized in our society. Research shows that they can result in a premature mortality risk comparable to smoking 15 cigarettes per day and even surpassing the influence of obesity and physical activity.

Who’s it for?

Pets Together virtual pet visits are currently available to those living in nursing homes and assisted living facilities, residential treatment programs (e.g., behavioral health, rehabilitation), inpatient/outpatient medical centers (e.g., hospitals, cancer centers), and other group settings. Our pets are also happy to visit with medical professionals and others on the front lines of the pandemic.

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Help us bring people and pets together to reduce social isolation and loneliness