Dogscouts keeps animals and seniors together

Kevin Magna

November 29, 2011

Dogscouts keeps animals and seniors togetherMany seniors age in place and some live with animal companions. After realizing there is a need to help provide food to animals under elderly care, Karen Reeves, a scout leader of a very unique troop, decided to do something about it, The Beacon-News reports.

Reeves is the scout leader to Dogscouts of America Troop 208, which consists of 19 owners and 23 dogs who set out to help the community. The troop is beginning fundraising for its second annual holiday pet food and donation drive.

All proceeds from the drive go to supporting seniors in the area who are trying their best to feed and take care of their four-legged companions. According to Reeves, many times the elderly are unable to get enough food for their pets due to lack of mobility or financial hardships. The goal of the project is to feed the pets, while keeping them in the homes where the animals are sometimes the seniors' only constant friends.

“It is their only companion," Reeves told the publication. "They are something to look over and take care of, it gives many seniors a feeling of purpose."

Seniors living on their own with pets can also have a higher risk of falling, as animals can easily trip a person by accident. Those living with a dog or cat may want to install a medical alert system into their homes. This way, if they do fall, they're able to call for help immediately.