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Do most assisted living places allow pets?

Dad would be heartbroken at leaving his "baby" shi tzu.
Status: Open    Jan 03, 2015 - 08:10 AM

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Mar 20, 2015 - 08:23 AM

My experience in several states is that about 1/2 of assisted living communities do allow resident pets. Here at The Fremont, we believe that pets are family and identify very personally with your dad's heartbreak at having to leave his shi tzu.

I can give you two roads of advice on the subject. First, write a list of priorities for your dad given his need for assisted living. If having is dog is a high priority, identify that among the other qualities of assisted living you are concerned with - meals, care, transportation, etc. When you are researching, make that a question to the assisted living communities you contact. What is their pet policy? What if dad has a harder time caring for his dog?, etc.

Second, prepare that you will likely pay some additional fees for dad to have his dog at assisted living. Usually there is a one time fee (non-refundable deposit). There is also the need for your dad's pet to be provided care. If your dad can feed and water and walk his dog, you shouldn't incur any additional expenses. Here at The Fremont we write pet care into the resident care plan when more assistance is needed for staff to begin taking on those responsibilities.

Inquire about the specific policies at each assisted living you research. If they do accept pets, they should have their policy spelled out in writing and a breakdown of fees.

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Sep 08, 2015 - 01:16 PM

There is an article on the A Place for Mom blog that discusses pet friendly senior living: “Paws-itively” Pet Friendly Senior Living.


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