At this point, we know that one of the populations being hit the hardest by COVID-19 pandemic is senior citizens. Contracting the virus could be life-threatening for this at risk group and that's why they've been encouraged to stay home longer than most of us.

For many seniors still living in their own homes, that means not interacting in person with people who live outside of their household. Visits from adult children and grandchildren came to a screeching halt. According to ABC News, long term feelings of social isolation may lead to other negative health effects like heart disease, high blood pressure, anxiety or depression.

While pets aren't a replacement for interacting with friends and family members, they do offer seniors companionship and unconditional love that can make things feel a little less lonely. Plus, playing with a new pet encourages seniors to be more active.That's part of the reason the Idaho Humane Society partners with Pets for the Elderly to make adopting a new furry friend a little easier for senior citizens!

Thanks to this partnership, seniors 60 or older may adopt a cat that's one year old or older from the Humane Society for FREE! A quick check of their website shows that there are twenty adorable kitties that are at least that age.

For seniors who aren't cat people are eligible for $50 off the adoption fee of a dog two years old or older.

The partnership pre-dates the COVID-19 pandemic, but it may be more important now than ever before!