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“Seniors for Seniors” program brings joy to Bethany Retirement Living

Fargo, North Dakota – Bethany Retirement Living, in partnership with 4 Luv of Dog Rescue, has launched a heartwarming program named “Seniors for Seniors,” aimed at creating bonds between residents and older dogs.

Fostering Connections Between Residents and Dogs

The innovative program, which began last week at Bethany’s 42nd Street location, is designed to enhance the lives of both the elderly residents and shelter dogs. Brianne Anderson, Director of Community Life at Bethany, detailed the program’s mechanics. Once a month, staff from 4 Luv of Dog Rescue will bring an older dog to the facility. This dog will interact with residents, their families, and the staff, providing companionship and affection.

The goal of “Seniors for Seniors” is twofold: to enrich the lives of Bethany’s residents through animal companionship and to assist in finding permanent homes for older dogs residing in the shelter. This initiative recognizes the mutual benefits that such interactions can bring, especially for elderly individuals who may experience loneliness or isolation.

A Successful First Meeting with Ms. Sniffer

The first dog to participate in the program was Ms. Sniffer, a seven-and-a-half-year-old beagle. Anderson shared the details of this delightful encounter, stating, “She came in for about an hour-and-a-half. We were able to bring residents down to our chapel area where a couple of the employees from 4 Luv of Dog brought [her] around to visit. We played catch with her and interacted, and learned about where she came from and her likes and dislikes.”

The response to the first session has been overwhelmingly positive, according to Anderson. The residents’ interaction with Ms. Sniffer not only brought smiles and joy but also sparked conversations and memories. It was a moment that highlighted the therapeutic power of pets and the importance of companionship at any age.

“Seniors for Seniors” is an inspiring example of community initiatives that seek to improve the quality of life for the elderly while providing a loving environment for shelter animals. The program promises to continue bringing happiness and companionship to the residents of Bethany Retirement Living, one furry friend at a time.

Jimmy Hathaway

Having spent my formative years in the beloved city of Grand Forks, I eventually relocated to Fargo during my second decade of life. The passion for journalism runs deep within my bloodline, as numerous close relatives have been, and some continue to be, engaged in the field as reporters and journalists. Outside of my professional pursuits, I cherish the moments spent in the company of my family.

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