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Local vet clinic offers senior pet adoption program

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Seniors looking for companionship are turning to a special matchmaker, and for many they're finding it's puppy love all over again.

When 74-year-old Polly Hall goes somewhere, her friend Wilma, a 12-year-old dog, isn't far behind.

"She is just a joy to have," said Hall.

As a senior, Hall was used to being on her own. A few months ago, her granddaughter convinced her a dog might be good for her.

"You've got someone to take care of. You know you have to be responsible. She's really a joy to take care of, too," said Hall.

Wilma, a breast cancer survivor, came into Hall's life through the Seniors for Seniors Adoption Program at Crabapple Knoll Veterinary Clinic.

"For somebody who is just looking for a lower maintenance pet, that is really loving and give them the love and attention they want, it's definitely the way to go," said Rachel Placek of Crabapple Knoll Veterinary Clinic.

The vet clinic started adopting out dogs and cats more than a decade ago, when someone left a pit bull mix tied to the clinic's front door.

"I think people feel ashamed and they have no place else to go. Sometimes we'll come in and have a box of kittens or a pit bull tied up the fence over here," said Placek.

The animals stay at the clinic until they find a forever home.

"She never meets a stranger. If you walk in and talk to her, that's all it takes. That little tail just goes and goes," said Hall.

As an incentive to get more seniors to take home older pets, the clinic waives all adoption fees and gives a 40 percent discount on all vet visits for the remainder of the pet's life.

"We do very well here. We're in a great area. Business is flourishing, and so it's a very small way we can give back," said Placek.

If you want more information about the Crabapple Knoll Veterinary Clinic's adoption program, click here!

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