Friends for life

Kent Life - - Charity News - WORDS: Fay Wat­son

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.

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