Serving El Paso County · Texas
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Welcome to Therapet Eldercare!
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Healthy Pets are Happy Pets

That’s the mantra of pet lovers and the impetus for Therapet’s commitment to doing everything it can to promote and prolong the human/animal bond.

In addition to purchasing and delivering all food for the companion pets of El Paso’s pre-qualified, low-income senior citizens, the non-profit Therapet also ensures each client’s pet receives complete veterinary care. From regular vaccinations/check-ups and heartworm prevention to spay/neuter, dental work and treating illness/injury, Therapet makes sure every program dog and cat gets the nutrition and medical care it needs. To cover costs, Therapet works diligently to obtain grants, donations and private funding.


Pet Food and Veterinary Services

Therapet is not a pet adoption or placement service. With volunteer drivers, Therapet provides regular home deliveries of pet food and pet disease preventive medication to the homes of pre-qualified low-income senior citizens in El Paso County, Texas. Therapet Eldercare also covers all the veterinary care for these companion pets, including vaccinations, spaying/neutering, dental treatments and other needed veterinary services.


Companion Animal Benefits for Seniors

“A pet is a medication without side effects that has so many benefits.
I can't always explain it myself, but for years now I've seen how instances
of having a pet is like an effective drug. It really does help people.”
—Dr. Edward Creagan, Oncologist at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Committed to the belief that love for one’s pet can be excellent therapy for the loneliness of many low-income elderly citizens, Therapet Eldercare promotes the human-animal companion bond, helping seniors keep their pets in the family. Medical studies are finally proving what animal lovers have always known. The human-animal companion bond can do as much if not more for a person’s physical and emotional well being than the best medicine. For more than 30 years, Therapet has helped hundreds of El Paso County seniors improve their quality of life.

  • Improve Mood/Motivation/Self-Esteem/Socialization
  • Reduce Stress/Loneliness
  • Increase Exercise = Improved Range of Motion
  • Seniors with dogs go to the doctor less. Dogs are preventative and therapeutic against everyday stress.
  • For people aged 65-78, dogs are a major factor of conversations with passersby. Companion animals readily elicit friendly responses.
  • Pet owners have lower triglyceride and cholesterol levels.
  • Pet owners have fewer minor health problems, lower medical costs, better psychological well being, and higher one-year survival rates following coronary heart disease.
  • Pets promote social interaction, decrease the feeling of loneliness and isolation, and increase morale and optimism.
  • Pets encourage playfulness, exercise, and promote laughter.
  • Pets satisfy the need for touch and to be touched, and give nonjudgmental warmth and affection.
For more information about these and other benefits, Pet Partners (formerly The Delta Society) offers extensive resources on animal assisted therapy, www.petpartners.org