Pets for the Elderly announced this week it's expanding grants to animal shelters to help people aged 60 and above to pay for vet appointments, grooming and pet food. The group also helps senior citizens cover the cost of adopting pets as companions.
Having company in these days of social distancing can mean the world to older folks.
"Companion animals can be a crucial element in bridging the isolation gap, particularly in these challenging times," executive director Susan Kurowski told Inside Edition Digital Thursday.
"Loneliness and isolation can have a huge impact on the wellness of older adults," she said.
The 28-year-old organization has helped nearly 100,000 elderly people pay adoption fees at animal shelters across the nation. Having a living being to care for, and having help with that care makes a tremendous difference to the quality of lives of seniors, who have the greatest risk of contracting COVID-19 and are advised to self-quarantine during the pandemic.
"As a senior myself, I know the difference my dogs have made at this time," Kurowski said.