'He don't talk back to me!' Seniors receive robot pets to help with quarantine loneliness

All the love, none of the walks!


These ladies have some adorable new friends thanks to Alabama’s Robotic Pet Project. May Lambert and Jean Reddish were recipients of two of the state’s special robot pets — a perfect solution to the isolation many seniors are facing right now because of social distancing measures and the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to Crystal Crim, the Administrative Director for The Middle Alabama Area Agency on Aging, the robots provide the benefits of a real pet, "without the physical challenges of having to feed, pick up after, take care of an animal in a traditional sense."

And it looks like they're already bonding!