Caring For a Pet
As we age, we can feel sometimes feel lonely. But, a home is never lonely if you have a pet as your friend! That being said, as we age, it is vital to consider the types of pets that best suit our lifestyle. Pets are a big commitment and require plenty of attention. All your hard work caring for them pays off with unconditional love. We are a pet-friendly community here at Eaton, and below are some tips on pet rules and pet care.
Things to consider when getting a pet:
- Are there physical limitations to consider? Can you get out to walk your dog or bend over to scoop a litter box?
- What sort of temperament and energy level do you want? Some pets require a lot more physical activity and attention than others. For example, cats can be left for longer durations while dogs need to be let outside to potty.
- Are finances a concern? Dogs, cats, and birds can be costly due to food, medication, and grooming.
At Eaton, there are multiple resources to help you care for your pet:
- Fenced-In Dog Run: Eaton offers an off-leash dog park area for your dog to exercise and run around.
- Golden Animal Hospital Vet Services: Eaton has a veterinarian who provides clinics for low-come vet care for Eaton’s furry residents.
- Mobile Groomer: Eaton has a groomer who comes on-site and can make your dog look so fresh and so clean.
- Yellow Dog Project: The Yellow Dog Project, a non-profit organization, educates the public on safely greeting unfamiliar dogs to reduce harmful interactions. Many dog owners choose to label their dogs who need a little extra space in public by tying yellow ribbons to the dogs’ leashes or collars. A dog with a yellow ribbon on his leash may need additional space when out and about for a variety of reasons including health issues, rehabilitation or training.
As a reminder, here are some of the guidelines for pets at Eaton Senior Communities:
- One pet per apartment
- Dogs must be two years or older, house-broken and trained
- Pets must be spayed or neutered
- No pet may weigh more than thirty pounds
- Pets must have up-to-date vaccinations
- Dogs that bark excessively are not allowed
- A pet that growls, snaps, or snarls may not be allowed to move in or remain in an apartment
- There is a one-time pet deposit of $300
- Pets are not allowed in common areas
- Pets must be carried or leashed when outside the apartment