In the modern world, the older generations are usually perceived as a “burden”. This for example, when an older person is standing at the checkout in the supermarket at lunchtime and is looking for the “coin” in his or her wallet, causing a traffic jam. Older generations often live in old people’s centres, old people’s homes or old people’s apartments, where they are among their peers and can exchange ideas. The children and grandchildren can visit them there at any time, but in most cases this happens rather rarely.
There is not enough time or the old stories just don’t interest them anymore. Much more we live in the modern world, we are addicted to social media like Twitter, Instagram, etc… where celebrities put themselves in the spotlight and where new scandals are always being a top story.
What if the beloved pet now falls ill and fights for life, e.g. with a tumour? The animal might be in the prime of life, but would have no chance of recovery without treatment. For the elderly person, the loss of their beloved pet would be unspeakably sad, the mostly only familiar, often the content of their life would simply be gone. Add to this the fact that at your age you would not get another “company”.
In such a case, what would speak against treating this beloved pet? From the point of view of many people in charge of animal shelters, rescue organizations or even killing stations all over the world, a therapy would certainly not make sense!