Pentegra Retirement Services, a financial company with corporate headquarters in White Plains and its northeast regional office in Shelton, Connecticut, has devised a new program to help bring together retirees and animals in shelters that need permanent homes. It’s called Pentegra Retirement Pawsibilities.
By educating retirees about the benefits a pet can provide, Pentegra hopes to add an active, healthy component to its clients’ retirement years. The company points to various studies that show the benefits of adopting a dog or cat, such as providing structure and routine during otherwise inactive retirement days, stress reduction, increased social interaction and physical activity and support for a healthier and happier lifestyle.
John Pinto, CEO of Pentegra, said, “We know the many health benefits for anyone with a cat or dog, but think about how much more time a retiree can give an animal in need of a home and how important that relationship can be physically, emotionally and socially to someone who has more time on their hands. It is a win-win and we want to educate our clients on how life-changing this can be.”
Pentegra Retirement Pawsibilities provides a list of resources, including the benefits of adopting a shelter animal, a list of shelters and the best searchable adoption websites. The program also offers personal guidance from an animal adoption expert at Pentegra who can assist in making the perfect match. Retirees who adopt and submit copies of the adoption paperwork along with a photo of their new family member will receive a $50 gift card.