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Calling All Animal Lovers: Pet Friendly Retirement at Sunset Communities

Posted by Sunset Staff on Apr 5, 2017 4:29:46 PM

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened."

-Anatole France

For many, pets are an integral part of life. They provide companionship, snuggles, reasons to exercise, and can even spark new human friendships. Most pet owners would never considering leaving their beloved pet, which is why the team here at Sunset Communities is often asked, “Can I bring my pet?” The answer? YES!

Sunset Communities is proud to be a pet-friendly community. Our mission reads, “Enriching individual life journeys.” With that guiding philosophy, we do everything we can to ensure that your pet remains part of your individual journey.

“I have always had dachshunds,” said Ann, a resident of Sunset Communities. She has two pets – Kara, the cat, and Garland, a black and tan long-haired miniature dachshund.

“Kara is very curious; investigating the apartment every morning then sitting in the window,” said Ann. “Garland is blind and deaf, and was going to be put down, but I rescued him.  He is around 11 or 12 years old. Both the dog and cat get along very well and like to cuddle together.”

When considering the move to a retirement community, one of the requirements for Ann was that Kara and Garland came with her.

“I would not have left them,” she said. “The pets bring peace within you. They are nice to hold when I’m upset; they are a nice comfort.”

For residents that don’t want a full-time pet but still look forward to interactions with a variety of animals, there are house pets that they are welcome to engage with.

IMG_20170322_142738552Cathy Hatch, who works in Activities at Sunset Village, cares for the house pets in Overmeyer – two parakeets and an aquarium. The two parakeets, New York and Feather, were recently named by a Sunset Village resident, Vern, who covers them every night and uncovers them each morning.

“I never had any animals, and I don’t despise them, but I never wanted them in the house,” she said.

“[The birds] are a nice diversion,” said Vern. “They make the community complete.”

The aquarium is a fresh water tank, and features angelfish, betas, and assorted tetras.

“The residents really enjoy them,” said Cathy. Residents will often gather around the aquarium during feedings to watch the fish dart around the tank.

In addition to the fish and birds at Sunset Village, other buildings in Sunset Communities have house dogs or cats, and often, the family members of residents bring in their pets, so it’s not uncommon to see a friendly pup wandering the halls!

To learn more about how your individual journey can be enriched at Sunset Communities, contact Fieldstone Villas at 419-386-2686 or The Woodlands at 419-724-1220 for information on independent living. For more information on assisted living, please contact Sunset Village at 419-724-1200 or Sunset House at 419-536-4645. 

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