Pet ownership, regardless of age, has many benefits. Caring for another living being can provide great satisfaction, adding value and meaning to one’s life. Studies have shown that pets not only help reduce stress and lower blood pressure, they can increase social interaction as well as physical activity.
Let’s be honest – have you ever seen a dog in a bad mood? They’re in a constant state of euphoria; those high spirits can’t help but lift ours.
“Dogs and cats live very much in the present,” according to Dr. Jay P. Granat, a NJ-based psychotherapist. “An animal embodies that sense of here and now, and it tends to rub off on people.”
A number of cats and dogs reside at The Greens. There’s Luna, a chatty Abyssinian mixed cat whose owner says she’s never had a sweeter roommate, and languid Lola, beckoning those who enter her domain to behold her carpet acrobatics, showcasing her white, downy belly. Pasha, an endearing cow-cat (so described for her black and white bovine markings) is the perfect Evergreen mascot, availing herself to any and all she deems worthy!
Our canine residents are as beguiling as their feline counterparts. When Molly the Yorkie or Sophie the … we’re-not-sure-what … enter the lobby, heads turn, faces brighten, and hands stretch forth to make a furry feel-good connection.
Family members often visit with pets in tow, and it’s incredibly gratifying to watch steadfast introverts spring to life upon hearing the sound of a leash rattling, or paws padding down a hallway.
Pets bring out the best in people and the best in The Greens too.