Friends for life
Moving into sheltered living and retirement homes can be hard enough – without having to leave your
beloved pet behind. But there is a solution...
The benefits of owning pets are innumerable. Whether you need to walk the dog, feed your cat or check your fish tank filter, they offer us everything from companionship, purpose and a reason for many to get out of bed in the morning.
The thought, therefore, of moving into retirement living without your beloved pet can make an already hard transition even more difficult to stomach. What many people don’t realise, however, is that there are plenty of places that are not only happy to welcome you in with open arms, but also your furry, scaly or feathered friend.
“It’s so sad for people to think that because you’ve got older, you can’t have that pet with you when you’ve got so much to offer each other,” Donna Tucker, senior administrator at charity The Cinnamon Trust, tells me.
This is why the nationwide charity works with elderly and terminally ill people who require help with their pets.
One of the major services it provides is a thorough list of all retirement living services that allow pets across the country.
“I think for people especially when they first move into a care home, it can be quite a bewildering time,” Donna says.