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2489 Albany Post Road | Walden, NY 12586

845-778-5115

Ten Health Reasons why Pets are Great for Seniors

1) Pets Lower Blood Pressure: A study of health patients showed that people over 40 who own pets had lower blood pressure than people who did not have pets. Another study showed that talking to pets decreases blood pressure.

2) Fewer Trips to the Doctor: Seniors who own dogs go to the doctor less than those who do not. In a study of 1,000 Medicare patients, even the most highly stressed dog owner/guardians in the study had 21% fewer physician contacts than people without a dog.

3) Less Depression: Studies show that seniors with pets do not become depressed as often as those without pets.

4) Easier to Make Friends: Seniors with pets meet more people and like to talk about their pets.

5) Seniors Become More Active: Seniors with dogs go for more walks and are generally more active than those without pets.

6) Pets are Friends: Most everyone, but especially seniors, will say that their pets are their friends.

7) Pets Ease Loss: Older people who suffer the loss of a spouse who own a pet are less likely to experience a deterioration in their health following this stressful event.

8) Pets Fight Loneliness: You are less likely to be lonely with a canine or feline friend around.

9) Taking Better Care of Themselves: Seniors take good care of their pets and better care of themselves when they own a pet.

10) Sense of Security: Pets help seniors feel that someone they trust is always around.

Upcoming Events

May
12
Sun
8:30 am A Walk in the Park Dog Walk @ Winding Hills Park
A Walk in the Park Dog Walk @ Winding Hills Park
May 12 @ 8:30 am – 11:00 am
A Walk in the Park Dog Walk @ Winding Hills Park | Montgomery | NY | United States
Whether you amble, ramble, or scramble…we have a walk for you…and the dogs to go with it. All paces welcome – meandering to marathon! Our shelter dogs LOVE strolling in the woods of Winding Hills[...]
May
15
Wed
7:00 pm Board of Directors Meeting @ Walden Savings Bank
Board of Directors Meeting @ Walden Savings Bank
May 15 @ 7:00 pm
Meetings are held at the Walden Savings Bank at Scotts Corners, on the 3rd floor, on the 3rd WEDNESDAY of every month at 7 pm. Citizens concerned with animal welfare, volunteers and new members are[...]
May
16
Thu
8:00 am Indoor Yard Sale @ Humane Society of Walden NY
Indoor Yard Sale @ Humane Society of Walden NY
May 16 @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Indoor Yard Sale @ Humane Society of Walden NY | Walden | NY | United States
Come shop our Yard Sale room! There’s something for everyone! All proceeds benefit the cats and dogs in our care. We accept donations on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10:30 am -1:00 pm. Except Holidays. Any[...]
9:00 am Indoor Yard Sale @ Humane Society of Walden NY
Indoor Yard Sale @ Humane Society of Walden NY
May 16 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Indoor Yard Sale @ Humane Society of Walden NY | Walden | NY | United States
Come shop our Yard Sale room! There’s something for everyone! All proceeds benefit the cats and dogs in our care. We accept donations on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10:30 am -1:00 pm. Except Holidays.[...]
May
17
Fri
12:00 pm PetSmart National Adoption Weekend @ PetSmart (Middletown, NY)
PetSmart National Adoption Weekend @ PetSmart (Middletown, NY)
May 17 @ 12:00 pm – May 19 @ 3:00 pm
PetSmart National Adoption Weekend @ PetSmart (Middletown, NY)  | Middletown | New York | United States
We’re bringing the shelter to you! Four times per year, PetSmart Charities works with Animal Welfare Organizations across North America to host pet adoption events within PetSmart stores. Come meet some of our lovable dogs[...]

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About Us

The Humane Society of Walden is a no-kill, non-profit safe haven dedicated to helping stray and abandoned cats and dogs. Our animal shelter serves the communities of Montgomery, Walden, Maybrook, Crawford, Wawarsing, Shawangunk, and Mamakating, but will not turn away pets from across the country in need.

Contact Us

Humane Society of Walden
2489 Albany Post Road
Walden, New York 12586

845-778-5115

Upcoming Events

May
12
Sun
8:30 am A Walk in the Park Dog Walk @ Winding Hills Park
A Walk in the Park Dog Walk @ Winding Hills Park
May 12 @ 8:30 am – 11:00 am
A Walk in the Park Dog Walk @ Winding Hills Park | Montgomery | NY | United States
Whether you amble, ramble, or scramble…we have a walk for you…and the dogs to go with it. All paces welcome – meandering to marathon! Our shelter dogs LOVE strolling in the woods of Winding Hills[...]
May
15
Wed
7:00 pm Board of Directors Meeting @ Walden Savings Bank
Board of Directors Meeting @ Walden Savings Bank
May 15 @ 7:00 pm
Meetings are held at the Walden Savings Bank at Scotts Corners, on the 3rd floor, on the 3rd WEDNESDAY of every month at 7 pm. Citizens concerned with animal welfare, volunteers and new members are[...]
May
16
Thu
8:00 am Indoor Yard Sale @ Humane Society of Walden NY
Indoor Yard Sale @ Humane Society of Walden NY
May 16 @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Indoor Yard Sale @ Humane Society of Walden NY | Walden | NY | United States
Come shop our Yard Sale room! There’s something for everyone! All proceeds benefit the cats and dogs in our care. We accept donations on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10:30 am -1:00 pm. Except Holidays. Any[...]

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