Seniors for Seniors 

Research from social and medical sciences confirms that companion animals can, and do, improve health and happiness. A pet's companionship can be lifesaving. Companion animals offer the joy of unconditional love for all people, regardless of age, health, social or even economic status.

Are you age 65 or older? Improve your overall health and well-being by adopting a senior companion animal free of charge from the Irving Animal Shelter.

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Why Adopt a Senior Pet?

  • Pets make great companions and help safeguard against depression, loneliness and boredom.
  • Pet owners generally get more exercise and outdoor activity.
  • Senior pets have fully developed personalities, and are calmer and ideally suited for senior citizens.
  • Pet owners can enjoy more social support. Pets open opportunities for owners to brag about his/her companion.
  • Pets can help enhance owner's moods and make him/her feel more safe and secure at home. Pet owners tend to make less visits to their doctors than those who are not pet owners.


  • Senior Citizens 65 years of age or older
  • One adoption per household

Program Details

All animals will be:

  • 5 years of age or older
  • Spayed or neutered prior to leaving the shelter
  • Current on vaccines, registered and microchipped before leaving the shelter
  • Provided a take home leash and bag of Science Diet (cat/dog food)

What's Next?

If you are interested in adopting through our Seniors for Seniors Pet Adoption Program, you will first need to view the animals eligible. You may do this by visiting the shelter or by browsing our online database (Animals In Our Shelter). If you feel you may have found your companion animal, visit any of our shelter attendants at the front desk to start the adoption process.

The animal welfare community is vibrant and passionate about saving the lives of countless homeless pets. These persons and organizations, located throughout our city and nation, provide foster homes, transport animals, promote the adoption of animals, post pictures on websites, and assist shelters in numerous other ways. Irving Animal Services works with the animal welfare community to place Irving Animal Care Campus animals into loving homes. While Irving Animal Services is appreciative of the efforts of the individuals and organizations that comprise the animal welfare community, the City of Irving neither controls them nor is responsible for the content on their websites.